The Little Mermaid's fish legs washed up in South Carolina

Oh no! It looks like the Little Mermaid's fishy bottom half was severed from her body and drifted ashore. Paw Nation reports that this creature washed up on South Carolina's Folly Beach. » 3/27/12 6:45am 3/27/12 6:45am

We found a cryptid! Meet the white cheetah.

All summer, io9 has been offering a $2000 bounty to the person who can send us a picture of an animal that's a genuine cryptid, or mystery animal. We hoped to find a new species, or at least a real version of a long-sought animal from myth. And by gum, we found one! Our panel of experts has debated — and even… » 9/08/11 11:00am 9/08/11 11:00am

Photo Proof: Giant rat slain in Brooklyn, New York

Last week, we reported that rodents of unusual size (the size of freaking rabbits to be precise) were invading New York. Today we have photographic evidence that these rats are here, and they are ready to take over. » 8/25/11 2:50pm 8/25/11 2:50pm

Here's the winner of our fake monster contest!

To celebrate the end of Cryptid Summer, we held a quick contest to see which of you could create the best fake monster picture. After all, cryptid hunting is about awesome fakery as often as it is about finding a genuinely new species. All your entries were awesome (here you can see round one and round two of the… » 8/19/11 11:15am 8/19/11 11:15am

"Living fossil" eel found in underwater cave

The term "living fossil" gets bandied about a lot, but this eel found in an underwater cave in the Pacific Ocean is unlike any living relative, and has features that are only found in the fossilized remains of its ancient brethren. » 8/18/11 4:37pm 8/18/11 4:37pm

New York Invaded by "Rodents of Unusual Size"

New York City has a big, furry, four-legged problem. Rabbit-sized rats have invaded Central Park. People are complaining that the giant rats are feasting on the buggy-horse food (which apparently gives them super growth powers). » 8/17/11 5:30pm 8/17/11 5:30pm

Chupacabra caught on camera in the suburbs of Washington DC

Cheese on crackers, has the chupacabra had a prolific summer. Now America's favorite prune-skinned mammalian cryptid is making a run for the White House. And I'm not talking about [FILL IN YOUR LEAST FAVORITE CONGRESSMAN HERE]! Political humor! Hey-yo! » 8/16/11 10:50am 8/16/11 10:50am

Paranormal Investigator Joe Nickell Reveals the Truth Behind Modern…

Paranormal investigator and cryptozoologist Joe Nickell has spent 40 years doing fieldwork and research, digging for the truth behind bizarre phenomena like weeping statues and haunted houses. He invited us to his office to talk about the connections between Bigfoot and alien mythology, life as the token skeptic on… » 8/12/11 2:00pm 8/12/11 2:00pm

The very best fake monster pictures that you created!

All summer long, you've been chasing cryptids, or mystery animals, for our Cryptid Summer bounty. And you've also diligently been producing pictures of fake cryptids because, well, it just wouldn't be monster season without a lot of photoshopping. Here is the summer's last batch of fake cryptids - would any of these… » 8/11/11 8:00am 8/11/11 8:00am

Chupacabra-like roadkill flummoxes Minnesota town

The mowed-down remains of a small white mammal have captured the imaginations of residents of Douglas County, Minnesota. Although the creature resembles a badger, its tail has left wildlife officals perplexed. Could we be looking at the Montauk Monster Midwest? » 8/07/11 12:10pm 8/07/11 12:10pm

What is going on at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center?

Bloated raccoon? A human/animal hybrid? Whatever it is, the Montauk Monster washed ashore on Long Island, NY, and subsequently broke the internet in half when its picture began circulating online. Newsday, a Long Island news outlet, quoted one of the locals who found the creature, Jenna Hewitt, saying: » 7/29/11 12:26pm 7/29/11 12:26pm

Which of these fake monsters could fool you?

All summer, io9 is offering a bounty to anyone who can find a genuine cryptid, or mystery animal. But to keep you amused in the meantime, we're doing a contest for who can create the best fake cryptid. » 7/28/11 1:20pm 7/28/11 1:20pm

The Silver Surfer lives in a sewer outside of Belfast

Some days the headlines just write themselves. CCTV in Newtownbreda, Northern Ireland recently capture a solemn, silvery visage hiding in the town's sewers. The fellows who work in the tunnels have dubbed this head (among many things) "the Silver Surfer." » 7/25/11 4:15pm 7/25/11 4:15pm

Alien life form discovered in China turns out to be hairless monkey

The people of a Chinese village thought they'd encountered E.T. — but it turned out to be a malnourished monkey with no hair. Mao Xiping spotted the creature eating cucumbers in her garden in Gezhai Village, and thought it was a rabbit at first. "At first I thought it was a rabbit, then I was shocked to see it had an… » 7/25/11 7:30am 7/25/11 7:30am

13-year-old shoots a chupacabra in Texas

A young man identifying himself as Carter Pope claims to have shot and killed what he believes was a chupacabra in Texas. How did he know it was the legendary monster? Apparently, it was hairless and had "shriveled up" back legs. Good going, Pope — you probably killed an old, injured dog. » 7/24/11 9:30am 7/24/11 9:30am

Cryptid or Not? You Be The Judge (Round Two)

We've gotten more intriguing cryptid photos from people trying to win our Cryptid Summer bounty. Here are a few of the pictures people have sent us over the past two weeks, ranging from highly plausible to downright bizarre. » 7/21/11 4:30pm 7/21/11 4:30pm

Ten extinct animals that have been rediscovered

Recently, the Borneo Toad was rediscovered after 87 years. Although certainly rare, the Borneo Toad is not the only animal to have been lost for years. In fact, it did not even have to wait the longest. » 7/21/11 10:00am 7/21/11 10:00am

The Weirdest Mystery Animals in the World

There are hundreds of mysterious cryptids in the world, a mythical menagerie of barely-glimpsed monsters, lost species, and terrifying legends. But let's face it: most of them are pretty pedestrian lake monsters and Sasquatch variants. There are a few, however, that are so bizarre you kind of hope they're real. Here… » 7/21/11 9:00am 7/21/11 9:00am