The Cryptid Zoo: Lake Worth Monster

The Lake Worth monster reportedly appeared to many people in Lake Worth, Texas during 1969. It was described as looking a bit like a white-furred ape, except that it often had fish scales and goat features, making it look something like a satyr. It had goat legs, scales on its face and hands, and was an excellent swimmer. When chased, it prefered to retreat into the water. These characteristics make it seem as if it is related to the mermaid tradition as well. The Lake Worth monster thus combines a mermaid, a satyr and Bigfoot all in one creature.

Even though its appearance is extremely bizarre, there was so much evidence for this cryptid that these reports ended up getting taken very seriously by many researchers. Some people have tried to resolve the obvious biological absurdities involved in this big hairy monster by concluding that there were at least two varieties, with one being more like a normal Bigfoot. Other believers explained away the hooves and scales by deciding that the Lake Worth monster was a normal Bigfoot suffering from some scaley skin disease and/or had club feet.

You can find out more about the Lake Worth Monster from the following sources:

Blackman, W. Haden. The Field Guide to North American Monsters New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998. Pages 36-38

Clark, Jerome. Unexplained!. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999. Pages 271-273

Clarke, Sallie Ann. The Lake Worth Monster.
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Coleman, Loren. Mysterious America: The Revised Edition. New York: Paraview Press, 2001. Page 213

Keel, John A. The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings. New York: Doubleday, 1994. Pages 129-130

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Newton, Michael. Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals and Their Pursuers. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2005. Pages 198, 255

Weidensaul, Scott. The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species. New York: North Point Press, 2002. Page 174

Wikipedia, The. Lake Worth Monster

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