Though the quote from Hamlet- There are more things in heaven and earth…. has been overused, still it is true that there are really more things that are out of mankind’s imagination. Stories of mythical creatures are there for ages. There are some men who had searched or are searching for these creatures. The real truth behind the existence of such creatures have remained shrouded in mystery as usual. But in some cases there have been some progresses that are made. Here are the truth behind the existence of such 6 legendary creatures that will enthrall you. It will make your jaw dropped!
The meaning of this word is uprooted tree. Krakken is the legendary sea monster, a giant squid that used to attack ships at sea and destroy those. In ancient times stories of Krakken attacking ships at sea was very popular. In medieval age sailors used to claim that they had seen enormous sea creature with tentacles chasing their ships. But the truth is such creature really exists. Science has discovered that giant squids can grow up to 46 feet in length and these live in the deep region of the ocean.
Dragon is perhaps the most popular of legendary creatures. Almost every country in the world has its own story of a dragon. The dragon of legend is a fire breathing reptile with leathery wings. In medieval age the belief in dragon was very strong among the people of Europe. Belive it or not, dragons do really exist today. In the island of Komodo in Indonesia there lives a group of big monitor lizards that is called Komodo dragons. These reptiles do not have wings but these are ferocious and powerful beasts. The govt. does not allow anyone to go in to the jungle of Komodo other than trained persons. No ordinary man can come out of there alive. The existence of these monsters only came to light in 1912.
Like Krakken stories of beautiful women who had tail of a large fish were very popular among sailors. Besides sailors claimed that mermaids had taken their colleagues with them. Not only ordinary sea men but reputed sailor and adventurer like Christopher Columbus had written about mermaids in his account. Then what are these actually? Scientists of today hold the creature manatee known as sea cow responsible for this historic error. Manatee is a mammal that lives in the sea which has a perfect tail like mermaid and from a distance if seen on some rock is sure to be mistaken for a mermaid.
Before the success of Dracula by Bram Stoker, the legend of vampire was there in deep rural areas of Europe. People used to believe in the existence of living undead who hunted and drank blood of live people. The popularity of vampires has increased to day more than ever before, thanks to modern day movies and TV shows.
But in reality vampires do exist! Historic record says that a noble woman Of Hungary, Countess Nadasay or Countess Bathory used to kidnap local village girls and drank blood from them in order to maintain her youth in early 17th century. In modern times scientists have discovered a species of small bat that has the habit of drinking blood from cattle. Besides there is a disease called porphyria in which the skin of the patient becomes sensitive to light just like a vampire.
Stories of abominable snowman was there among the people who lived in the Himalayas for ages. But it came to light when mountaineers from western countries and continent like Australia started frequent expeditions in Himalayas. Not only ordinary villagers, Sherpas who helped to climb mountains and unknown travelers believed in the existence of yeti, renowned and respected persons like sir Edmond Hilary and Tenzing Norgay also believed in the existence of the abominable snowman.
At last the photographs taken by Eric Shipton in 1951 which showed footprint of a big creature compelled scientists to take the myth of yeti seriously. Scientists say that yeti may be the surviving descendant of a species of giant ape called Gigantopithecus which used to live in southern China once.
The Water, Lake Or River Monsters
Stories of monsters living in lakes and rivers are heard very often from all over the world. Such elusive creatures are told to live and haunt surrounding areas of lakes and rivers situated in China, North America, Canada, Scotland and Congo basin of Africa. The monster Nessie is the most famous of such monsters that inhabits the deep water of Loch Ness in Scotland. From 2 May 1933 hundreds of people had claimed to see the monster of Loch Ness. Several photographs, both over and under water had been produced as evidence.
But the controversy remained. Many of the photographs which showed Nessie were dismissed as fakes or showing a natural phenomenon from a distorted angle by the scientists. But one particular color photo taken by Anthony Shiles which showed a neck poking out of water in 1977 passed the fake test and remained a shocking mystery. Scientists say that though it is remotely possible still it can be taken in to consideration that these creatures are actually surviving members of some dinosaur species that once roamed the earth. The creature of Loch Ness is actually a Plesiosaurus.
So you are fascinated by stories of mythical creatures. You can go through the list to know the real story behind the myths.