On August 22, 564, some historians say Columba, a Christian leader, reported seeing the animal that would become known as the Loch Ness Monster in Loch Ness, Scotland. Columba was an Irish priest (later a saint) who was visiting Scotland, and reportedly compelled the monster to not attack one of Columba’s followers.The Loch Ness Monster is probably the most famous target of cryptozoology, the study of animals whose existence has not been proven. Cryptozoology is not a science.Cryptozoologists search for mythical creatures called cryptids. Thousands of cultures all over the world report cryptids. Besides the Loch Ness Monster, other lake cryptids include Champ (in Lake Champlain, United States and Canada); Issi (in Lake Ikeda, Japan); and the Lagarfljot Worm (in Lagarfljot Lake, Iceland). Other cryptids include chupacabras, blood-sucking creatures that threaten livestock throughout Latin America; bunyips, which lurk in Australia’s swamps; dingoneks, “jungle walruses” found in lakes and rivers in central Africa; and, of course, Bigfoot, who stalks old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry capture Verb
to take or control.
people and culture focused on the teachings of Jesus and his followers.
to force or cause something to be done.
animal or other organism, usually mythic, whose existence has not been proved.
study of animals or other organisms whose existence has not been proved. Cryptozoology is not a science.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
state or continuance of life.
person who studies events and ideas of the past.
tropical ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.
body of water surrounded by land.
Encyclopedic Entry: lake Latin America Noun
South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
livestock noun, plural noun
animals raised for sale and profit.
to hide in order to attack or for other evil purposes.
having to do with a legend or traditional story, not fact.
old-growth forest Noun
collection of trees and shrubs that has not been harvested for timber or other uses in about 200 years, although definitions vary. Also called a primeval forest, primary forest, primal forest, or ancient woodland.
title of religious leader in many faiths.
having to do with spiritual belief.
according to rumor or last evidence.
holy person in Christian religions.
to assume or believe.
land permanently saturated with water and sometimes covered with it.
Encyclopedic Entry: swamp