Of course, while plenty of these stories have been explained away by science, there are a handful of others that persist to this day and remain unexplained mysteries.
Most of us probably don’t believe in dragons or giants, but I think we all know at least one intrepid soul who still believes in the Loch Ness Monster.
And Nessie isn’t the only legendary creature with a loyal fan-base of stalwart believers. One of the most famous cryptids of them all is the giant ape, a mysterious creature that appears in cultures all over the world.
Now, skiers in the Pyrenees mountain range claim that they have spotted one of the most famous mythological apes of all time in Formigal, a ski resort located in the sleepy, snowy vacation town of Sallent de Gallego.
Pictures circulating on the internet appear to depict a tall, upright figure, covered in white fur. The vacationers who spotted the mysterious creature immediately noted its similarity to depictions of the Yeti, a legendary apeman rumored to live in the highest reaches of the Himalayas.
The Yeti, which has been rumored to live in the farthest reaches of Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal, is just one of the world’s legendary apemen. Stories abound in every continent, from the notorious Bigfoot and Sasquatch of the United States (potentially pictured above) to the lesser-known Kenyan Chemosit and Australian Yowie.
Eyewitness accounts tend to report similar stories: massive bipedal creature the shape of a human, but often several feet taller, with long arms. Reports usually describe the creatures as extremely foul smelling and covered in shaggy hair.
So was the creature spotted in the Spanish mountains truly a Yeti? Lots of skeptics believe that the surprisingly clear photo of the creature was staged, while the accompanying video — viewable below — of a vague white shape moving through the mountainside, could be any number of other animals.
The Pyrenees Mountains have no well-documented legend of a giant apelike creature, unlike many other corners of the world, and there aren’t any other reports of the creature in the area. Since it’s challenging to tell the scale in the video, some have posited that it’s a mountain goat, or even the fluffy white dog native to the area, the Great Pyrenees.
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