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