January is Cryptozoology Month here at Fandomania, which is a subject near and dear to my heart. I love hearing stories about Bigfoots, Nessie, Chupacabra, and the like, but when it comes down to it I don’t know that much about the topic. So, I decided that I might scan the Internets for sites that either focused directly on the topic of cryptids or that covered news stories about them. It was hard to narrow down the list, but here’s a good start if you, like me, are interested in this fascinating subject!
When delving into the world of cryptozoology, checking out a website that calls itself exactly what it’s about is a pretty good start. The site has a listing of cryptids and a glossary (so you know the difference between an otter and a Waitoreke when you’re out in New Zealand’s wilds), as well as a listing of articles and news of interest, a forum and chat room to connect with others interested in the field, and some fiction dealing with cryptids.
If you want an even bigger list of cryptids, this is a good site to start with. This site’s got a great breakdown of the many cryptids, and is like a little encyclopedia for the creatures with descriptions, pictures and drawings, and resources on each.
As the site says, “We in the Sierra Sasquatch Research Group are dedicated to finding physical evidence of the cryptozoological species known as Bigfoot. Our long term goal is to see the species recognized by science and taxonomically classified.” Here, you can find all kinds of research on Sasquatch, and they are even developing camping trips where you can go out in the field and search for evidence (or possibly have your own encounter) with the group.
All things Mothman. I freely admit that I didn’t stay here too long. Because Mothman freaks me out.
The last four on the list are of sites that cover news stories about cryptids, as well as other paranormal happenings. Since the cryptozoological field is kind of a close-knit one, there may be some overlap with the stories shared on these sites, but all are worth checking out as they don’t poke fun at the topic of cryptids or the people whose stories they share.
Nick Redfern’s Crypto-column for Mania.com.
An aggregator for cryptozoology news.
Mysterious Universe is also a weekly podcast of all things paranormal, and the best source for news stories and top quality interviews out in the pod-o-sphere.
This site covers all kinds of “fringe” topics, including cryptozoology.
Of course, there are many, many more out there. If you have any sites that you’d like to share, enjoy, or find great for research, I’d love to hear them! Share them in the comments section and I’ll definitely check them out.