Dark fairy tales; creatures from mythBy TheStudentGuide | Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:30
How many times have you thought you’ve seen something scurry out of the corner of your eye?
History is filled with the remnants of myths created from tales of the abnormal living among us. From the Loch Ness monster to the legendary Chupacabra, are they really just pure myth or are heroes like Grimm’s supernatural hunter Nick protecting us from a world that we’d find impossible to comprehend? With the first season of Grimm fast approaching on DVD October 22, we've taken a look at some of the most famous creatures that could well be hiding in plain sight. Nick's adversaries, the Wesen, aren't real (we hope), but when it comes to these creatures, who can say?
Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie as it’s often called, is a lake monster that is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Though its appearance varies from one account to another, most people believe that the Loch Ness Monster represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs from the Jurassic Period. Sightings of the creature started around 1933 and the alleged evidence from the years include much-disputed photographs and sonar readings.
The name Chupacabra literally means ‘goat sucker.’ It is an allegedly unknown animal that has been sighted in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. Its name comes from the animal’s reported habitat of attacking and drinking the blood of goats. The first known sighting occurred in 1995 in Puerto Rico but most reports are disregarded due to insignificant evidence. The Chupacabra is supposedly the size of small bear with a row of spines from its neck to the base of its tail.
Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch. Nearly every continent has a different name for this mysterious creature yet no one knows what it truly is. Bigfoot is normally described as a very large, hairy ape-like creature which only comes out at night. A third of all the Bigfoot sightings have occurred in the Pacific Northwest in North America. While many people think this creature is just a hoax, there are others who have dedicated their lives in finding out the truth. There’s even the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization created to help find Bigfoot, alongside Animal Planet’s hit television show Finding Bigfoot.
A Mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish. Since sailors were the first people to allegedly spot Mermaids, they are sometimes associated with shipwrecks, floods, storms and drowning. Some folklore stories have Mermaids protecting treasure buried under the sea while others inflict curses on anyone who crosses them. While no actual evidence has ever been recorded, the tales did inspire Hans Christian Andersen to write the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid.
A ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can be visible or invisible to the living. It is said that ghosts stay in this world because they have unfinished business and can’t cross over until it’s completed. You can try to contact a ghost by performing a séance, but watch out since ghosts can be either good or evil.
Be brave, sit tight and watch out as the fantasy drama series Grimm, Season One hits shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on October 22, courtesy of Universal Playback.
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