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A Skeptic's Look Into The Pseudoscience Cryptozoology

A Skeptic’s Look Into The Pseudoscience Cryptozoology

Looking For Animals Of Myth Does Not = Scientist

There has been a renewed interest recently in the hunt for creatures like Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra. Lots more people are excited about the possibilities of undiscovered creatures. Even personalities like the great Joe Rogan have spent time looking into these myths. However, even after all these years of searching, nothing, and I mean absolutely zero real evidence has ever been brought forth for science to actually prove their existence. And it’s because quite frankly, they just do not exist.

Now it would naive of me to say something stupid like that are no more undiscovered animals on the planet earth. That would not be true. There are multitudes of insect species and subspecies we don’t yet know about. If you were to go into the ocean and dip below a thousand feet, you wouldn’t have the time to mark down all of the new fish you discovered because we simply just don’t know what the fuck is down that deep. It’s not a place that is very hospitable for human life. But creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster are just the figment of overactive imaginations cultivated by centuries of hype.

With entities like the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet running shows on these subjects constantly, you would think that if something was actually out there, they would have found it already. Shows like these just add fuel to the fire. Creatures like the Giant Squid were hypothesized, similarly to the Yeti with one major difference. Scientists had a theory, went out, and then actually found and caught a giant squid. Again, not so amazing considering we have barely tapped the surface as to what the ocean depths may hold. Giant squid tend to live 1,500 to 3,000 feet below the surface. But with Sasquatch and Nessy, after all the hunts in places much more accessible than the ocean depths, we still have nothing.

 

The Large One That They Call Bigfoot

expect_attitude_cryptozoology_bigfootThe biggest name that tends to always come up when you’re talking cryptozoology is the Sasquatch, Yeti, or as he is most commonly referred to, Bigfoot. The craze these days for him is so much so, Animal Planet has an entire series devoted to the subject. After the discovery of the mountain gorilla in 1902, people were confident they would find similar creatures other places. In 1951, a dude by the name of Eric Shipton photographed what he described as a footprint from a new species in North America. The hunt for the Bigfoot was now on in full force.

Years later after these footprints were photographed, the son of the man who made them came forward with the story behind how it was a hoax, how they were made, and even had the wooden feet used to create the footprints. But it was already enough to create a new industry, the Bigfoot industry, which has produced movies, countless books, and tv shows on the subject. Oh wait, you thought this was about science? No, no, no silly… It’s just about making a quick and easy buck.

Here we are, 114 years later, and nothing new has been found. The scientific community straight up discounts the existence of Bigfoot, as there is absolutely no evidence available supporting the existence of such a large prehistoric ape-like creature. The evidence that does exist points more towards hoaxes or delusions than to sightings of a genuine creature. In a USA Today article from a while back, Washington State zoologist John Crane said, “There is no such thing as Bigfoot. No data other than material that’s clearly been fabricated has ever been presented”. In addition to the lack of evidence, scientists cite the fact that Bigfoot is alleged to live in regions unusual for a large, nonhuman primate like the temperate latitudes in the northern hemisphere. You see, all recognized nonhuman apes are found in the tropics of Africa and Asia. It’s more conducive to that sort of life.

The thing with animals is they leave behind evidence of their existence, even if we never see them. Dinosaurs for example, as unbelievable as they sound, have left behind proof of their existence. When animals die, they leave fossils to be discovered. They leave behind bones. They leave behind feces. They leave behind unborn eggs. They leave behind traces that they were in fact there.

 

Legend of the Loch Ness Monster

Another big myth floating around out there (no pun intended) is that of the Loch Ness Monster. The sea-serpent like creature inhabiting the infamous Loch Ness in the highlands of Scotland is one that goes back as early as the 7th century. However, “Nessie,” as the monster is commonly referred to, didn’t receive worldwide notoriety until the 1930s. Countless teams of cryptozoologists (lol) have investigated Loch Ness in search of this elusive creature that some believe to be a long-surviving plesiosaur (an extinct creature from the time of the dinosaurs), an overgrown eel, or perhaps some new species of lake serpent. It’s none of the above though, because it does not exist.

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Many theories have popped up over the years, some quite humorous, but all have been debunked. If this thing were for real, and we are talking about the one people originally saw, it would be hundreds and hundreds of years old… Or it would have had to have some offspring. But creating offspring takes a male and a female, unless you can reproduce asexually. But nothing that size has ever been found to reproduce that way, so that means two of these things swimming around, along with whatever kids they may have. This would continue to happen over multiple generations. And what do we have to show for it? hmmm…. nothing.

Evidence of its existence is largely anecdotal, with minimal, and much disputed, photographic material and sonar readings of the loch.  The picture at the top of this page, the original picture that sparked everything… It was admitted by the photographer himself to be a toy submarine with a head attached done as a joke. There has not been any physical evidence or solid proof ever found like skeletal remains, capture of a live animal, definitive tissue samples or spoor, yet still, the monster holds its sway on the town next to Loch Ness and people around the world. Oh yeah, you didn’t know there is a town right next to where this happened? How much money do you think that town takes in annually from tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the beast? I’m guessing more than a few dollars maybe? People in that town have a strong motivation to keep that myth alive.

 

El Chupacabra – Bigfoot of the Latino Culture

expect_attitude_cryptozoology_chupacabraNow this one is easy to debunk. Aren’t you guys gonna try and throw me any curveballs or anything? The Chupacabra was first “spotted” in Puerto Rico in 1995. Chupacabra, which literally translates into “Goat Sucker”, was believed to be behind attacks of livestock around the central Americas. It wasn’t until July of 2004, when a rancher near San Antonio, Texas, killed a hairless dog-like creature which was attacking his cattle that this one grew legs and became what it is today.

From what scientists can tell, these creatures of the night, are just coyotes and wild dogs suffering from a disease called mange. Mange is a class of skin diseases caused by parasitic mites. It causes dogs and coyotes especially to look really fucked up. Added on top of that, there are some really ugly ass and scary looking dogs out there to begin with. Just take a look at some of these. Now give one of those poor fellas some mange, sprinkle in some nighttime and a rancher with an overactive imagination, bake at 450 in desert heat for 45 minutes, and you got yourself a Chupacabra. Viola! Be sure to share that recipe with your friends!

 

Are You Starting To Notice A Trend?

If you have read any of my other articles, I’m sure by now you are starting to notice a trend. People are always out there looking for an easy way to make money off of others gullibility. People also want the fame, fortunes, and glory associated with a huge new discovery like aliens or mythical creatures. The high off of being with a group of like minded individuals is so stimulating for some, logic and reason are just tossed right out the window. People are willing to accept as fact others ideas with no backing of proof or scientific evidence.

The possibility of finding a new animal is there, but it lays deep in the ocean, which is why they haven’t been discovered yet. Or they are just too small of an insect for anyone to really give two shits about a new discovery. The days of finding new animals like the Okapi are pretty much over. Man is similar to a cat in regards to curiosity. If the ball is hidden and loaded with catnip, we will find that mother-fucker eventually, or we’ll at least prove that it was there. If someone hasn’t found these things or any sort of proof of them by now, chances are great they never will. There always lies the chance I am wrong, but with science behind me, I don’t think that I am. If and when the day comes that proof is displayed, I will be the first to change my stance. Science evolves with new discoveries. But those chances are pretty dismal at this point, and that’s the way it is.

Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience. The word pseudo literally means not genuine or a sham. There are no universities or legitimate schools that offer a degree in cryptozoology. That’s because made up shit doesn’t get endorsed by well known educational institutions. It never has and it never will. When this stuff is presented as science, it kind of pisses me off, especially when young minds are buying into it. Don’t buy the hype, and don’t buy the crap known as cryptozoology. It just makes you look like a dumb ass, and a dumb ass is something science can in fact prove.

What do you think? We’d love to hear you sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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