10 Mythical Cryptids That Turned Out Real

Cryptozoology is the study of mythical or hidden animals. This science peers into the world where animals that may or may not exist and attempts to find creatures so they can be recognized by the mainstream world of science. Some cryptids include the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot. Other monsters, however, were once thought to be nothing more than tales, but actually ended up being real animals. The ten creatures we’ve gathered here were once thought to be cryptids, but are actually animals living in the wild.

Devil Bird

The Devil Bird is a terrifying owl located in Sri Lanka. Originally, the bird was nothing more than folklore in the area, as they had rarely been seen, and only their blood-curdling cries had been heard. In 2001, the species of owl was discovered and identified.


In Medieval lore, the Ziphius was a nautical creature said to attack ships traveling through the northern seas. It was said to possess the body of a fish and a head like an owl, with massive eyes and a beak. Today, the Ziphius is known as the Beaked Whale.

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