The study of animals whose existence has yet to be proved is known as cryptozoology, a term coined in the 1950s by Belgian zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans. Cryptids, or " Hidden animals, " began life as blurry photographs, grainy videos and countless stories about strange creatures in the night. Cryptids come in many forms, including giant apes and lake monsters, as well as sea serpants, giant squids, snakes, birds and living dinosaurs.


      In 1975, it was reasonable for cryptozoologists to speculate about and search for Bigfoot, as it was for the creatures of Loch Ness, Lake Champlain and Lake Okanagan (Scotland's Nessie, the northeastern U.S.'s Champ and British Columbia's Ogopogo, respectively.


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