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The Monsters Are Real! SEL Fall Exhibit: Cryptids, Aliens, Miscellaneous Monsters

The Science behind our favorite Halloween Monsters; “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” ― Stephen King

Cryptids, Aliens, Miscellaneous Monsters

Cryptids, Aliens, and Miscellaneous Monsters


“Definition of cryptid: an animal (such as Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster) that has been claimed to exist but never proven to exist” (

Most famous among the cryptids are

  • Loch Ness Monster
  • Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti
  • Mothman
  • Chupacabra
  • Dover Demon
  • Jersey Devil
  • Michigan Dogman
  • Skunk ape/Swamp Ape/Florida Bigfoot
  • Thunderbird



  • UFOs
  • Crop Circles
  • Abductions
  • Roswell Incident
  • Area 51

Miscellaneous Monsters



  • The Invisible Man
  • Cyclops           
  • Griffins
  • Giants                                                            
  • Mermaids/Sirens
  • Dragons                              


References and Recommended Further Reading

Bibliography and Reommended Further Reading

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