BY ALLISON MEIER / 22 NOV 2013
People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Early maps had voids of knowledge marked with warnings that “Here be Dragons,” sasquatches are believed to be prowling the thick forests, and legends tell of strange creatures that might be concealed beneath the surface of our lakes. Here we present our map of American lake monsters (view it large here), showing the spread of cryptids that might be lurking in the depths of the waters of the United States.
Click here to view the whole map of the Lake Monsters of America, and perhaps discover what sea serpents and others nautical beasts might be lurking near you. If you would like even more monsters both mythical and real, check out our places around the world related to cryptozoology and fascinating fauna.
Be sure to read the whole article at Atlas Obscura
How wonderful are these? Illustrations by Miroslav Vasa from his book Illustrations from the Bugaboos/Little Natural History of the Spooks, Ghosts, and Phantoms (1961). You can see scans of the book in its entirety here!