Tell Us About Your Favorite Local Cryptid!

Ha, Jackie Chan Adventures! There’s also that episode of The X-Files that gets into the Chupacabra, which I’m pretty sure is where I learned about them.

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People also believe in the infamous Chupacabra in Brazil , in Sorocaba there was belief by farmers they were killing pigs and goats.

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HA! I’ve heard that one too I spent a lot of time in the 757. Can we all agree that these Loch Ness monSTARS are just Plesiosaurs that survived or evolved ??

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My absolute favorite around here is the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. They make money nests and live in the Olympic National Rainforest. It is an “endangered” cryptid.
Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Also, when I was little I went on a hike at Beacon Rock in Skamania county, Washington. We saw a small hairy thing playing on the trail ahead of us. My mom went to go get closer, and a much larger thing came out of nowhere and gave chase. My older sister grabbed me and ran, my mom soon behind. (I was very little). We think it was a bear and cub, but my mom swears it was a Bigfoot with a toddler. Btw in Skamania county its a felony to kill a bigfoot.
bigfoot ordinance. haha


Twisting its legs as it turned, that’s such creepy goodness. Can’t think of anything more cryptid than a small ape-like creature dragging a pipe :skull_and_crossbones:


In France we had the ‘Bête du Gévaudan’, the Gevaudan’s beast.
Half real, half myth, we are not sure yet of what it was, but Learning this story at school in history class got me a bit frightened.
A movie was partly based on the beast, the Wolf’s Brotherhood.

Enzo Rhode-Hagen


Iztapalapa. This story has long been buried or forgotten, but during the 80s it was strong, at least around Las Minas (the construction material excavations).


Brilliant mention Enzo.

This is probably my favourite cryptid of all time and the story absolutely fascinates me probably more than any other.

I’ve actually got a book on this on my kindle that I have been meaning to get round to reading.

I guess the general consensus is that the beast or beasts were real , they did kill a hell of a lot of people However, “it /they” were European grey wolves, maybe wolf-dog hybrids, not hyenas , werewolves , vampires or any other of the weird theories that have come up over the years.


A barrio bravo for sure , and lots of occult beliefs / prehispanic history in the area.

Currently reading this book on witchcraft and found a few references that sound similar, will include some photos.

Then this which is much more directly relevant , I think

There’s a mysterious photograph of our local cryptid from a newspaper in the 1970s. And yet, despite the clarity of the picture, I have never found any explanation for what this thing really is. It’s simply known as “The Great Worm of Maindy”


So many questions about this picture lol. Its like a giant carrot, with a tail and why are the kids so elated!

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Wow! It’s very similar! During that time, the colonies surrounding the mines were new, and empty; it looked a little like a wasteland with increasingly more houses appearing every year, until it was absorbed by the urban. It was scary and it became dull.

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I think this is from the delightful Scarfolk Council project!


I lived in the fairly nearby delegation of Tlalpan for almost a decade and never knew that there were mines in Iztapalapa , but then again there are so many hidden secrets in Mexico city , so many hidden histories and so much to document here on Atlas Obscura.

Have you visited Cerro de la Estrella ? It has some really beautiful Aztec stone carved images of Jaguars , eagles and coyotes , in fact it looks beautiful.

I never actually got to this place , as when I lived in DF Iztapalapa was way too dangerous to even contemplate visiting and I knew too many people who had been mugged. I even knew one guy who was kidnapped there.

But as you are living within the area it goes without saying that you will know the vibes and risky areas etc. you could possibly check it out , it could even be a cool idea to add it to Atlas Obscura even if just to document and spread awareness of its existence

  • Jorge , sorry I hadn’t been reading reports about the increase in cartel crime in the area , I wasn’t suggesting you risk your life for an AO entry , No quise offenderte , lo siento
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I lived in the inhabitable areas of El Cerro de la Estrella from birth to 5 years old, but I don’t remember those carvings. I remember “La Cueva del Diablo” (The Devil’s Cave), a hole which had caused many accidents (people would fall and break a bone or something; nothing too terrible). I don’t know if that’s the real, official name, but that’s how my family’s grown ups called it.

There are feral dogs living there now, or there were a few years ago, and it was known that they attacked people in packs. Scary monsters, those dogs! But no supernatural story appeared, that I know of. I think people doesn’t need ghosts and devils to scare them now when there are real monsters, like feral dogs and rapists and gangs.

Years ago, I edited a magazine for an institution, and one of the girls writing, made an article about the museum and the ritual of El Fuego Nuevo (The New Fire) that take place in El Cerro (actually, the colony I lived in is called Fuego Nuevo, although it was called Luis Echeverría at the time); it was interesting but I have never been to. I guess I should.

The mines are not actual mines, they are called like that but they are, I don’t know how to explain it (or if they have a proper name). There are mountains, and those mountains are excavated for gravel and sand; some are natural and some are artificial.

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Totally agree , Jorge. Aaaa , the stray dogs , that I do remember but I didnt know that was Cerro de la Estrella , I assumed it was somewhere in the State of Mexico.

They are used to feeding on the human remains of victims left by the Cartels and have begun to see humans as prey. It was the same on the Russian front in WW1 when wolves were just eating human remains all the time and lost fear of living humans and saw them as prey.

I’ll look up the history of the mining , its an interesting area that I never got to explore I guess , all of the delegations have their own human history and its often very dark.

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No offence taken, at all. I didn’t take it like that, and I agree that it might be a nice place to explore with Atlas Obscura; the new government in Iztapalapa, it appears, will implement security programs, perhaps they reach the area and it can attact some tourism, even if only local. I will investigate and ask about it.


This is weird and kind of lovely.

I would totally eat it.

Agreed , I hope they will clean things up a bit , although I am not so optimistic about it I guess.