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Oklahoma Octopus



A big octopus that may resemble the Oklahoma Octopus. Photo:

The Oklahoma octopus is said to dwell in several man-made freshwater lakes in Oklahoma such as Lake Thunderbird, Oologah Lake, and Lake Tenkiller, where it allegedly preys on unsuspecting swimmers.

The Legend of the Oklahoma Octopus

The lakes where the Oklahoma Octopus is said to dwell: Lake Thunderbird, Lake Tenkiller and Ooloogah Lake. Image: gisgeography.

The Oklahoma Octopus is a massive cephalopod that inhabits several freshwater, man-made lakes in Oklahoma.

The creature is described as having a large, round head and a body that can grow up to 8 feet in length.

It’s believed to have long, slimy tentacles or arms that it uses to grab and subdue its prey, which includes unsuspecting swimmers who venture too close to its lair. Some accounts suggest that the creature has sharp claws or talons, while others claim that it has a paralyzing venom that it uses to immobilize its victims.

The Oklahoma Octopus is known for its ability to camouflage and blend into its surroundings, making it difficult to spot. It’s said to have a slimy, slippery skin that helps it to move swiftly and silently through the water, making it a formidable predator.

It’s said that this elusive creature haunts the depths of man-made freshwater lakes in the Sooner State, just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting swimmers who dare to venture into its murky waters.

Legend has it that the Oklahoma Octopus is a master of disguise, able to blend seamlessly into its watery surroundings and strike without warning. Some say it has long, slimy tentacles that it uses to drag its prey down to the bottom of the lake, while others claim it has razor-sharp teeth that can tear a person limb from limb.

Oklahoma Octopus Sightings

There have been several sightings of the Oklahoma Octopus over the years.

In the 1960s, a group of scuba divers claimed to have encountered a giant octopus while exploring a lake in Oklahoma. They reported seeing a large, tentacled creature that was unlike anything they had ever seen before. However, some skeptics have suggested that the divers may have mistaken a large catfish for the creature.

In the 1970s, a man claimed that he was fishing on Lake Thunderbird when he saw a massive creature emerge from the water. He described the creature as having a large head and long tentacles that reached out to grab his boat. He managed to escape unharmed, but was shaken by the experience.

In 2008, a local news station reported that a group of teenagers had been attacked by a “giant squid” while swimming in Lake Thunderbird. The teenagers claimed that the creature had wrapped its tentacles around them and pulled them under the water. They were eventually able to escape and swim back to shore, but were shaken by the experience.

Theories about the Oklahoma Octopus

How did this mysterious creature come to be? There are a number of theories about how this legend came to be:

Misidentification of known species: One theory suggests that people have mistaken known species of aquatic creatures for the Oklahoma Octopus. For example, some suggest that large catfish, eels, or even alligators could be mistaken for the creature under certain conditions.

Hoaxes: Another theory suggests that the Oklahoma Octopus legend may have originated from hoaxes or pranks. Some people may have made up stories about the creature to scare others or to draw attention to themselves.

Government experiments: A more far-fetched theory is that the Oklahoma Octopus is the result of secret government experiments. Some people believe that the creature was created in a lab and accidentally released into the wild, where it has since thrived and evolved.

Native American legends: There are some Native American legends that involve creatures similar to the Oklahoma Octopus. Some believe that the creature is a modern interpretation of these ancient stories.

Urban legends: It’s possible that the Oklahoma Octopus legend is simply an urban legend that has been passed down through generations. As with many urban legends, it’s difficult to say how the story originated or why it continues to persist.

Regardless of its origins, one thing is certain: if you hear the telltale splash of the Oklahoma Octopus lurking beneath the surface of the water, it’s time to get out of there as fast as you can! So if you find yourself swimming in one of Oklahoma’s many lakes, keep your wits about you and stay on the lookout for this legendary creature. Who knows, you just might be the one to catch a glimpse of the elusive Oklahoma Octopus!

A video for a university lecture about the Oklahoma Octopus

Have you ever seen the Oklahoma Octopus? Yell us your story in the comments!

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Mothman SIghted Before 2007 Bridge Collapse in Minnesota




The aftermath of the I-35w Bridge Collapse in 2007. Image: Wikipedia

Just like the infamous Silver Bridge Mothman sightings, witnesses claim seeing a strange, 7ft tall flying humanoid in the weeks before the collapse of the I-35W bridge in 2007.

The Collapse of the I-35W Bridge

The I-35W Mississippi River bridge (also known as Bridge 9340) was a large bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that carried Interstate 35W over the river. It was built in 1967 and was one of the busiest bridges in Minnesota, with thousands of cars using it every day.

Sadly, on August 1, 2007, during the evening rush hour when hundreds of people were driving home from work, something terrible happened. The bridge suddenly collapsed, causing a lot of damage. Sadly, 13 people died, and 145 were injured.

Investigators later found out that a part of the bridge, called the gusset plate, had failed. The gusset plate was worn and the stress of the extra cars on the bridge caused it to break apart.

Right after the collapse, people and emergency workers from nearby areas rushed to help. They worked hard to rescue anyone who was trapped and to take care of the injured.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation quickly made plans to build a new bridge called the I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge. They finished building it just over a year later, and it opened in September 2008.

Connections to the Silver Bridge Collapse

The Silver Bridge Collapse

For many cryptid enthusiasts, hearing of a bridge collapse immediately brings Mothman to mind. The Silver Bridge was a suspension bridge spanning the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio. On December 15, 1967, during rush hour, the bridge suddenly collapsed, sending cars and people plunging into the icy waters below. The disaster claimed the lives of 46 individuals, making it one of the deadliest bridge collapses in American history.

In the months leading up to the tragedy, residents of Point Pleasant reported sightings of a mysterious creature dubbed the “Mothman.” Described as a large, winged humanoid with glowing red eyes, the Mothman sightings fueled speculation and fear in the community.

Following the Silver Bridge collapse, some people began to link the sightings of the Mothman to the disaster, suggesting that the creature was a harbinger of impending doom. This connection led to the Mothman becoming a legendary figure in cryptozoology and popular culture.

Both the Silver Bridge collapse and the I-35w collapse were caused by structural failures in the bridges. In the case of the Silver Bridge, the collapse was attributed to a single eyebar in the suspension chain that failed due to metal fatigue. In the I-35W collapse, a design flaw in the bridge’s gusset plates, combined with increased weight from construction materials and traffic, led to the catastrophic failure.

Mothman Sightings Connected to the I-35W Bridge Collapse

Dark Reocrds covers the I-35w brdge collapse

The I-35w collapse Mothman sightings differ from the Silver Bridge Mothman sightings in their frequency. Dozens of people around Pleasant Point reported strange sightings and unexplained paranormal or extraterrestrial activity in the months leading up to the Silver Bridge collapse. The sightings surrounding the I-35w collapse were mush less common.

On August 10, 2007, George Noory hosted the “Coast to Coast AM” program, where he spoke to several callers sharing their encounters with cryptids. Among these calls was one reporting a sighting on June 27th near Stewartville, Minnesota. The caller described seeing a 7-foot-tall, winged humanoid creature with a massive wingspan, roughly the width of her Ford vehicle. The sighting occurred approximately 90 miles from the I-35w bridge, just over a month before the bridge collapse.

There are references to multiple other sightings online but they seem to have been removed from the internet. A WIRED article from the time talks of numerous blog posts on the topic but the link no longer works. This article by Singular Fortean also alludes to their being multiple sightings but doesn’t provide references.


So it seems we just have the one account to work with here. It’s possible that the George Noory’s caller was just someone making up a story and looking for a bit of attention. The fact that the account didn’t come out until after the collapse of the I-35w bridge does take from its credibility.

It is also possible that the caller simple saw a large crane or other bird and misidentified their memory as the mothman following the bridge collapse.

What if it was Mothman?

If it was Mothman that was seen before the collapse of the I-35w bridge it leads us to more questions than answers. Is this Mothman the same creature that was seen before the Silver Bridge collapse? Could Mothman actually be a species of creature that is drawn to human disasters, particularly bridge collapses?

Tell us your theories in the comments.

If you enjoyed reading about Mothman and the I-35w bridge collapse you might be interested in our article on the original Mothman story or the blackbird of Chernobyl.

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The Awful




The Awful cryptid as described by Vermont residents in 1925

In 1923, several residents of Berkshire and Richford, Vermont reported seeing a creature resembling a griffin, with a 20 foot wingspan and a serpentine tail.

“The Awful” Cryptid Sightings of 1925

Berkshire and Richford, Vermont are peaceful countryside towns located between Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog, near the Canadian Province of Quebec.

In 1925 several residents of these towns reported encounters with an unusual flying creature.

The creature was described as being similar to the mythical Griffin, with a grayish color, a 20-foot wingspan, a snake-like tail, and big claws capable of holding a medium sized dog. These strange sightings caused panic among the locals who came to dub the creature “the Awful”.

The first sightings of the mysterious creature were reported by two sawmill workers in Richford. As they crossed the main street bridge, they saw a very large beast on the nearby rooftop of the Boright building, glaring at them. According to the tale, one of the men was so scared that he had a heart attack out of fear. He had to be carried home but eventually recovered. However, for weeks afterward, he had nightmares about the creature, waking up his family with screams during the night.

In the following months, locals kept reporting sightings of this mysterious creature, causing fear and panic among residents. Farmers shared stories of it flying over their fields, and others saw it landing on their house rooftops. One resident, Oella Hopkins, experienced this when she was hanging laundry outside. The family dog got upset and started barking, and when Oella looked, she saw the creature, known as The Awful, perched on her farmhouse roof, staring at her. Terrified, Oella ran inside and hid under her bed for hours.

Later Sightings of “The Awful”

By the end of 1925, sightings of the creature became less frequent and almost stopped completely by 1928. Even though people thought it had disappeared, some locals claimed to see it every now and then since the 1920s. One such person was Lisa Maskell from Montgomery, who said she spotted the creature near Trout River when she was a child. When she saw a drawing of a pterodactyl later on, she thought it looked like the creature she saw and believed it resembled The Awful.

In 2006, there were a few new reports suggesting that The Awful might have returned to Northern Vermont. In October 2006, a person wrote in the County Courier about a respected person in Richford who saw the creature suddenly appear and grab a big black crow from a pine tree. The witness was surprised and said the creature flew around his house three times.

After this article, more people shared sightings. A woman remembered seeing the monster when she was about ten. It was in a tree near the Trout River, watching them with its strange beak, reminding her of a pterodactyl.

A dowser named Edith Green said people in Richford have been nervous about the creature for a long time.

An older man mentioned that the creature has been seen often in the Gibou area for the past 25 years, even recently. Locals usually leave it alone, and it leaves them alone, with a few exceptions.

A resident of East Richford said the creature has been spotted recently around the Slide Road area. He mentioned you can often hear it before seeing it, making a strange, low screaming sound and the flapping of its large wings when it’s close.

Despite its scary appearance, the creature was never known to attack people; it seemed more like it was just watching. There’s one account mentioning it flying over Berkshire Field near Lost Nation Road and appearing to hold a baby or a small animal, although it’s more likely to have been an animal.

William DeFalco covers the story of The Awful

Possible Explanations for the Awful

Assuming the reports of the Awful are not just a hoax or an old wives tale what else could be going on here? It’s possible that soe type of rare, large bird is lurking in the wilds of Vermont and is only seen very rarely due to a lack of numbers. The Awful could simple have been a particularly large owl or Eagle.

If paranormal in origin, the Awful does bear a small resemblence to the Mothman of West Virginia. Perhaps it continues to lurk in the shadows, waiting to come our and warn residents of impending doom.

What do you think about the Awful? Tell us your theories in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Awful you might also be interested in the Lechuza, a strange owl-like creature or the Prime Hook Swamp Monster.

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