What was the first Cryptid you remember learning about?
This Week’s Cryptid Chronicles Question!
For many people the first cryptid they ever heard about was one of the “celebrity cryptids” like Bigfoot, Nessie, Yeti or Chupacabra. For others, their first schooling may have been of a more obscure or local-based cryptid.
I was wondering what cryptids were the first introduction to cryptozoology for the Cryptid Chronicles readers? And how did you learn about them? Parent, school, newspaper? Remember, Cryptozoology literally means the “study of hidden animals,” searching out creatures which are thought to be nonexistent by popular biology, legendary, or considered to be extinct. So what about it, readers? Please leave your comments! Thank you!
The Gargoyles of Chile
The deep, shadow shrouded jungles of South America are rife with carnivorous predators rarely seen by the human eye, but as intimidating as the creatures lurking in the dense rain forests of this mysterious continent may be, the arid plains of northern Chile are said to harbor a colony of chillingly bizarre beasts, which are quite unlike anything supposed to be living on the Earth.
Situated in the northernmost portion of Chile , less than 12-miles away from the port city of Arica , is a sprawling swathe of red sand desert known as Pampa Acha. The only real nod to the existence of humanity in this desolate region is the Pan-American Highway , which twists through this barren wasteland like an asphalt serpent.
It was on this lonesome stretch of road that in July of 2004, an army sub-officer with the “Cazadores” regiment named Carlos Abett de la Torre, his wife Teresa, their three children and a nephew would have a harrowing encounter with a group of fantastic creatures, which seemed to jump straight out of the pages of an ancient bestiary.