Myth or Reality, Today's Perception on Monsters

Monsters, which are seemingly just myth and fantasy, do have some truths to their legend. In fact, some creatures may have actually existed and still do today, even though they should not be percieved as monsters.
What if the stories of a giant "ape-like" creature that have circulated over the globe for centuries were true? There have been numerous sightings and first-hand accounts of this creature everywhere in the world, from the United States to the Himalayas. One of the more famous sightings took place at Bluff Creek in 1967. Roger Patterson and a friend were horse back riding when they saw a huge hair covered creature. It began to run away when it noticed the two men, but not before Roger shot some film of the creature. The creature that was filmed was a female, while you cannot see in this view, breasts are clearly visable in other frames of the film. Scientists who have studied the film have said that the estimated stride of the creature is larger than that of a man. They also say it would have been very difficult for a man to simulate this larger stride. Footprints were the same type as typically found at a Bigfoot sighting. A more recent sighting of Bigfoot took place last year on July 11, in the Wild Creek area in the foothills of Snoqualmie National Forest.The picture was obtained from the photographer bt Cliff Crook, the director of Bigfoot Central. The cameraman was out on a hike when he heard splashing coming from the stream below him. He then found himself face to face with the creature. Usually after most sightings, footprints of the usually large creatures can be found. Footprints have been found everywhere including at these two mentioned sightings. The length of the prints has varied between 1' to 2.5' indicating from scientific study that Bigfoot could be as tall as nine feet. Also the deep inprint that is left indicates that the creature could weigh as much as 600 pounds. Researchers at Ohio State University hope to come within a hair of verifying the existence of Bigfoot. Scientists are using a new DNA matching process to determine whether there may be more to the Sasquatch legend than some blurry film footage and a few giant footprints. The evidence consists of two tufts of hair, each with about a dozen individual strands, recovered in Washington State after a recent sighting. "This is the first time that I'm aware of that anybody will be able to do any DNA extractions on Bigfoot," said Frank Poirier, chairman of Anthropology. "I don't expect anything to happen because I'm pretty sceptical about this. But good science requires some wild goose chases from time to time." The hair that is being tested was from creatures reportedly observed at a distance of about 100 feet in a dence, dark forest. If the Washington hair samples turn out to be from an unknown primate, it will be compared with hair samples reputed to be from the ancient Chinese "wildman", a human-like primate that was investigated in Asia. There is much evidence that to prove that a Sasquatch could be an actual species of ape, maybe even a decendant of Human beings themselves.
The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most compelling myths in human lore, and for good reason because some of the scientific fact that lay behind it is amazing. The vast majority of the Earth's oceans and seas are unexplored. Is it really hard to believe that there are creatures that live so far down or in such remote areas, that they are rarely, if ever, seen by humans. The Giant Squid was thought of as a creature of myth and legend until recently, when scientists found corpses of such a creature. Many of these "sea serpents" descriptions are similar to creatures that are thought to be extinct. The Coelacanth was thought to be extinct for 70 million years until it was discovered alive and well in 1938.Loch Ness is located in the North of Scotland and is one of a series of interlinked lochs which run along the Great Glen. The Great Glen is a distinctive incision which runs across the country and represents