Woman Says She Was Visited by Yowies, The Bigfoot of the Outback

Bigfoot Cania Gorge Queensland Australia

Legends of Yowies have been told for centuries in Australia, including one woman who says she was visited by Yowies who left her gifts of flowers and macadamia nuts.

Like the American Bigfoot, the Yowie has become a popular campfire tale, prodded into mainstream lore with home videos taken by camping families and outdoor enthusiasts. And it’s from this alleged evidence that many have based their opinions as to whether or not Yowies exist. But it may be a bit hasty to dismiss the existence of this creature as outlandish, as the Yowie, unbeknownst to most, actually has prominence among the Aborigines, who say they’ve coexisted with them for centuries.

What is a Yowie? The Australian Bigfoot…

Many cultures have their versions of the Yowie, including the American Sasquatch (or Bigfoot), the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman) of the Himalayas, and the Brazilian Mapinguari. These are all creatures described as bipedal, larger than the average human, and covered in hair like an ape.

Interestingly enough, those who do believe these creatures exist also say that they’re likely to be close relatives of one another.

As with many entities that mystify modern civilizations, the existence of such creatures is widely accepted as fact among indigenous cultures who’ve lived on the land and have intimately known of their existence since ancient times.

The Kuku Yalanji tribe of North Queensland Australia have identified two tribes of Yowies, and point to long, detailed records of Yowie attacks in their legends. One group is described as between six- and 10-feet tall, about 1,000 pounds, and covered in thick hair. They’re also said to have talons for fingers.

This type is referred to as the “Yahoo.” The other Yowie group, known as the “Junjudees,” are believed to be smaller, around three- to four feet tall.

Both types have been documented on cave walls…

Though Aborigines claim these creatures are real, they also regard them as mystical, referring to their magical powers. They’ve equated the Yowies with a figure from their own mythology, the Doolagahl (or “hairy man”), which they believe has existed since the dawn of time.

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A statue of a Yowie in Brisbane

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Yowie Sightings — Is the Australian Sasquatch Credible?

It is said that Yowies don’t appear to skeptics, which seems like a rather convenient excuse for not being able to encounter one if you are, in fact, a skeptic. And so, while skeptics haven’t found any evidence solid enough to change their minds, including expeditions they’ve taken to hunt for these creatures in the wilderness, there are nevertheless hundreds of Yowie sightings on record.

When the First Fleet of eleven British ships arrived in Sydney Cove in 1788 filled with convicts to be deposited on Australian soil and left to settle there, the Aborigines warned them of the Yowies. Only a year later, the new arrivals had their first encounter when returning from a hunting trip. They reported that a large, ape-like figure twice the size of a man was watching them from the trees at the top of a nearby hill.

The next significant sighting was made by several people in Southern Australia — the first in that region — in 1849. They described an ape-like creature between six and seven feet tall who was spotted sitting at the edge of a lake.

And then there’s the 1936 photograph, taken by Rich Jones in New South Wales, that remains highly contested. It is a depiction of two men sitting on a wooden log, and behind them a gigantic figure is sitting with its hands in its lap, chin to chest, looking downward.

Recent sightings have been made as well, though they’re subjected to even greater scrutiny and skepticism. One woman claims she developed a sort-of relationship with a family of Yowies who would visit her property. What began with her standing guard over her porch all night, brandishing a plank of wood with a screw sticking out of it, became almost friendly after she began leaving offerings of meat and vegetables outside for them. Eventually, the gesture was reciprocated, and they began leaving her gifts of macadamia nuts, flowers, and even a dead rat on her back porch. 

There are countless tales all over the world telling of legendary creatures visiting our civilizations, living among us, interacting with us, and finding a way to escape extinction in the face of human intrusion. Who’s to say such creatures don’t exist? The claim that they may live in another realm of existence, such as Aborigines have said, is not strictly held by those whose cultures accept these claims. The Epoch Times reported, “Modern physicists recognize the possible existence of several other dimensions, and how those dimensions may interact with our own is still far from understood. Some say the yowie may exist in another dimension or realm.”

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Cryptids Proven to be Real Give Us Hope For These 5 Others

Cryptozoology is derided for pseudoscience and fantastic claims, but when you consider some of the legends that have turned out to be real animals, it lends credibility to other potentially real cryptid creatures. And while the actual beasts are often more believable than the embellished monsters of lore, occasionally they can be pretty bizarre – whether a remnant of the Cretaceous period, a curious hybrid, or an inter-dimensional entity, some of these clandestine faunae are truly plausible.

That’s why we’ve compiled a shortlist of animals once-considered cryptids, that have now been proven real, using their stories as hope to strengthen our faith that the cryptid monsters we know and love may someday prove their existence to us.

But haven’t we discovered nearly every species of animal on Earth, you might ask? Far from it. In 2016 alone, scientists discovered roughly 18,000 new animal species. That’s not to mention that 80 percent of the world’s oceans are entirely unmapped, unobserved and unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). So, who knows how many more could be down there.

Read through the first list of creatures proven to be real, then read the second list and determine whether there is enough evidence for the yet-to-be-proven-cryptids to have a basis in reality. We’ve provided cryptid pictures to help you along the way.

Cryptid Monsters Proven Real

Cryptid monsters are known to terrorize and typically reported by a significant portion of a population, or at least a large enough group to confirm that it is indeed an anomalous creature. In earlier years, these animals were brutes fought by hunters and fishermen on outings and were exaggerated to prove their machismo upon returning home. But eventually, these tales became backed by hard evidence, and today we know them well.

  1. The Giant Squid 

19th-century Scandinavian whalers spoke of the Kraken; an enormous squid whose appendages were found in the bellies of whales and said to be as thick as a ship mast. Fishermen continued to report attacks by these tentacled monstrosities, to the disbelief of landlubbers back home. But eventually, they returned with specimens or found their carcasses washed ashore.

In 1853, a large squid with a horny beak and large throat washed aground in Denmark, baffling local scientists. Johan Japetus Steenstrup, a professor of zoology from the University of Copenhagen, identified the creature as a giant squid.

Today, the giant squid is a scientifically accepted animal, reaching lengths up to 40 feet long. Their enormity is attributed to something called deep-sea gigantism; a tendency for deep-sea invertebrates to be larger than their shallow-water relatives. But the giant squid isn’t even the biggest mollusk of its kind, that title is reserved for the colossal squid, which reaches up to 46 feet in length.

Image: Luis Laria, CEPESMA

 

  1. The Platypus

The platypus is a rather bizarre-looking creature and if you attempted to explain it to someone before its discovery, they’d almost certainly believe you were mad. So, it’s an egg-laying mammal with the bill of a duck, the tail of a beaver, the webbed-feet of an otter, and the venom of a snake? Sure.

But now the platypus is a well-known creature, lending credence to the possibility of other cryptids that seem to be an amalgam of disparate species. When it was first presented to British zoologist George Shaw, he attempted to rip off its beak, believing it had been glued on. Eventually, he took scissors to the deceased animal, before he realized it was genuine. That particular specimen can be found to this day in a British museum.

 

Platypus cryptid illustration

 

  1. The Frilled Shark

Sea serpents have stoked the fears of sea-farers for centuries, tormenting sailors and swallowing ships whole. From Texas to Norway, reports of sea serpents sprang up in local and national publications during the 19th-century, depicted as gargantuan snakes devouring unwitting mariners while they innocently roamed the sea.

Today, the frilled shark could be considered the closest animal to these horrific serpent tales, appearing much like those descriptions written in antiquity, though comparatively smaller. The frilled shark was discovered in the late 1800s by German ichthyologist Ludwig H.P. Döderlein, and later described by Samuel Garman as, “such an animal as that described is very likely to unsettle disbelief in what is popularly called the ‘sea serpent.’”

So, it’s a shark, but a frightening one at that, with 25 clusters of 300 sharp, serrated teeth, the Chlamydoselachus africana is one of those relics from the days when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. It’s also one of those deep-sea dwellers, which is part of the reason they are so rarely seen.

Images: IMPA/MINOUW Project

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