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Cryptids: Where are the Bodies?

As some readers of Mysterious Universe may be aware, aside from UFOs, my other big interest – when it comes to the world of the unexplained – is Cryptozoology: the study of, and search for, unknown animals, such as Bigfoot, lake-monsters, the Chupacabras, and the Abominable Snowman. And, as readers may also know, my views on such “creatures” are hardly mainstream. So be it!

While many (indeed, probably most) cryptozoologists and monster-hunters are content to conclude that such beasts as those referred to above are flesh-and-blood animals of a distinctly down-to-earth – but presently unidentified – nature, I’m far from certain that’s the case. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not the case! Or, at the very least, they are not flesh-and-blood in the way we understand the term. And, one of the things that continues to push me down this particularly-paranormal pathway when it comes to certain cryptids, is the absolute lack of a body – or bodies – to support the notion that the many and varied monsters, and weird beasts, of our world are nothing more than unknown animals.

Now, I know full well that the bulk of the mysterious beasts that people such as me pursue are reported from locales that are remote, hard-to-navigate, or pretty hostile, which I will be the first to admit makes it immensely difficult when it comes to securing hard evidence in the form of a corpse. And even more so as a result of the fact that most of us simply don’t have the money to embark on extensive expeditions for weeks at a time. Thus, people suggest that, given the above, it’s not at all unusual we should never have stumbled upon the corpse of a legendary, unknown critter like Bigfoot. Okay, maybe the chances of finding a Bigfoot corpse are scant. But never?

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the wild-man-of-the-woods – call it what you will – has been reported for centuries, and from practically every U.S. state. There are certainly thousands of reports on record. And who knows how many more sightings have gone unreported, for fear of ridicule, or of being labeled a liar or mentally-deranged? These nationwide reports, spanning such a lengthy period, certainly imply that the Bigfoot population – if they are flesh-and-blood – has to be pretty large.

With that said, why aren’t we finding hard evidence of their reality? Well, one theory is that Bigfoot is not the dumb brute it appears to be, but that, mentally, it  may very well be a highly-developed entity, and one that understands the nature of death. The result: when a Bigfoot dies, its family, friends or comrades bury the corpse, much as we do. The outcome: we never find a body. Fair enough.  Given what we know about the way in which elephants mourn their dead, I don’t dispute that as a possibility.

However, we know that elephants comprehend at least something about what death means, because we have been able to study them, and we have very valuable film-footage of elephants clearly reacting, in an emotional fashion, to the discovery of elephant corpses and bones. But, that’s my point: if we have been able to secure such data from studying elephants, then why is fully confirming the death-related rituals of Bigfoot always impossible?

Similarly, why has Bigfoot never been hit by a car, killed, recovered, and presented to the world’s media? Is it really feasible to imagine that not even one such accident, where the evidence could be seen by one and all, would occur – ever?

It’s much the same with lake-monsters: yeah, of course I’m aware they live in the water and are, therefore, likely to die in the water, and, as a result, sink to the bottom of the huge, murky lake they call home. But, what are the chances of never coming across the body of such a creature during, for example, a diving expedition in a lake said to be swarming with monsters? I know that people rightfully point out when something dies, nature takes care of it very quickly, and the dead body quickly becomes food for whatever else calls the particular locale their home. But, water-based animals die in lakes and oceans all the time. That has not, however, stopped us from firmly identifying their type. Why are lake-monsters – and sea-serpents – the exception?

Then, there are Britain’s alien big cats – or ABC’s, as they have become known. For decades, and possibly even centuries, reports have surfaced of large, exotic, predatory cats prowling the countryside. Of course, it scarcely needs mentioning that the British Isles are not – or should not be! – home to any such creatures. That does not, however, prevent people from seeing them.

And, while a couple of live and dead specimens have been found – such as lynx and puma – those few cases always seem to be explainable as escaped pets and such like. However, there are a number of reports of far weirder big-cats – very often black in color – having been killed on country roads, only for the bodies to conveniently vanish, after being quickly recovered by mysterious “government officials” who seem to display distinct Men in Black-style characteristics.

There’s no doubt that our world is indeed populated by a veritable menagerie of unknown beasts. And it’s not that they are elusive that bothers me. What bothers me is that – for flesh-and-blood animals – they are simply too elusive…

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  • Loopfiend

    Good point!
    It reminds me of the practical question:
    Why do ghosts appear to be wearing clothes when they are seen?
    Shouldn’t they all be naked?

  • dallas skeptic

    I’m very “Sasquatch-friendly,” but this is indeed a serious problem for believers. It is hard to imagine that Sasquatch could be real, and yet have *no* reliable evidence of it after all this time. We find skeletons of every other animal out there. (Don’t let anyone tell you “We’ve never found a bear skeleton, either!” It’s not true.) If there is a breeding population, we should have evidence. I haven’t 100% given up on Bigfoot. But I have about 99.5% given up.

  • Great post, Nick. Hear, hear! We need more reasoned discussion and debate about such things.

  • Absolutely, we all need to take a step back and take a second look at many cryptids. We can’t be too quick to believe or disbelieve everything we read. In the case of Bigfoot though why are people so quick to lump it in the animal category? I think we are missing an intelligence aspect to the creature. Are we assuming it is on par with apes and chimpanzees? Why are we not allowing ourselves to believe it could be smarter?

    My instinct tells me if an extremely strong bipedal primate with remarkable intelligence and a fear, or distrust, of humans were to live in the wilderness for hundreds of thousands of years it might have the training, senses, smarts, and terrain on it’s side to stay off our radar.

  • You make an excellent point on the potential intelligence of these cryptids. In the case of Sasquatch one could ponder on whether they know they need to keep the bodies of their dead out of the hands of humans. If they’re smart enough to avoid detection then they may be smart enough to cover up the evidence of their existence 😉

  • Nick_redfern


    Yep, it could indeed be – as I noted in my post – that the Bigfoot are indeed highly evolved, and may have learned the importance of burying their dead etc. I don’t dispute that as a possibility.

    However, given that we have Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest, the Skunk-Ape in Florida, the Yeti in the Himayalas, the Yeren in China, and the Yowie in Australia, even if all these very similar-looking mystery apes bury their dead etc, I still find it very difficult to accept that not even one dead body would be found by us – perhaps during logging operations, or where another animal disturbed the corpse (such as a bear maybe?).

    I could understand us not having much in the way of evidence if these things were really elusive and intelligent. But, we have ZERO. And that’s what I find hard to accept. It’s always the hairy apes, the lake-monsters, the giant winged monsters etc., for which we lack hard evidence. The photos are never conclusive, and DNA or hair is generally inconclusive.

    Now, I do think Orang-Pendek is a very different kettle of fish, and probably is an unknown animal.

    But, when not even one single body of Bigfoot ever, EVER, surfaces, something doesn’t add up.

  • Your absolutely right Nick, without a body after all these years maybe we’re not chasing crypt ids, but liars, hallucinations, misidentifications, and possibly over-lapping time caves.

    But seriously, it does seem the majority of good evidence on unknown primates is in Asia. Maybe sightings in other countries are something entirely different. I hate to cross topics but it may be that a good majority of sightings are some sort of image being played back of an earlier time. It’s as if environmental conditions come together in such a way to bring a ‘ghost’ of the past back for a moment in time. It’s not a popular theory but if we are to be fair to the evidence, or lack there of, then we should at least consider other possibilities. Even if they too are completely without evidence! Lol.

    Btw Nick – Do you have any plans to release “Final Events: And the Secret Government Group on Demonic UFOs and the Afterlife” in Nookbook and/or Kindle formats?

  • Nick_redfern


    Coincidentally, I have a chapter on animal-ghosts in a collection of various papers from different authors, which will be published in a few months. I’ll keep people informed here of publication date etc.

    Final Events will eventually be published in Kindle format (and I think Nook), however, that’s down to the publisher re when. They have control/decision over publication formats.

  • Quimichpatlan

    We may not know the phylogeny of many/any of these cryptids, but if we are considering the possibility that at least some of these beings aren’t actually “biologically corporeal” (as we would understand it), could it be possible that their self-projection into our “reality” is a conscious effort for them and that when they expire they simply phase-out?

  • dallas skeptic

    Yes, I did just hear you sat that publication formats, timing, etc. are entirely up to the publisher. But…. Just in case they ask you. I’ve stopped buying books not in Nookbook format.