Sometimes it can be surprising just how much about our world is still a mystery. For example, plenty of new species are identified every year: finding them can come as a complete shock to scientists or, on the other hand, can happen after much search and effort. But when it comes to identifying new species, at the very least a captured specimen is needed to verify a find. In the meantime, then, we are all left guessing what’s myth and what’s reality. And each of the following 19 cryptids have been spotted by witnesses; in some cases, dozens of people have reported laying eyes on the beasts. So do they exist? We’ll let you decide.
19. De Loys’ Ape
Sometimes even finding a specimen isn’t enough for the critics. While hunting for petroleum on the Columbian-Venezuelan border in 1920, Swiss geologist François de Loys claimed to encounter two unusual apes that walked on their hind legs. One of the animals was shot, negotiated into place and photographed. In 1929, then, the animal was declared a new species by anthropologist George Montandon, who gave it the scientific name Ameranthropoides loysi. Today, some still believe that a unique species was found, while others maintain that it was merely a spider monkey.