Cryptozoology is becoming a commonplace word that is in the news from time to time when there are Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot sightings. But some people do not believe it is a viable field of study. Cryptozoology which means study of hidden animals or hidden animal study can be an exciting field of study. But there is no college degree in Cryptozoology. At first people believed that Cryptozoology was a pseudoscience. But this has all changed with the discovery of some hidden animals such as the Komodo Dragon, Mountain Gorilla, Giant Panda, Okapi, and Megamouth shark, just to name a few. The Coelacanth is an excellent example for Cryptozoology, It was once thought to be extinct, until it was rediscovered in 1938, when captured off the Coast of South Africa by a fishing trawler owned by Captain Hendrick Goosen. Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, curator at East London’s museum, northeast of Capetown, South Africa, found the fish at a fish market and the rest is history. The fish was named after her in honor of her finding it. It is called Latimeria chalumnae. The Coelacanth is called a “living Fossil” because it was once thought it went extinct 65 million years ago.
People who are cryptozoologists are in the news looking for Yeti, Bigfoot, Ogopogo, Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, Thunderbirds, and Mokele-mbembe to name a few. Champ the lake monster that lives in Lake Champlain is sighted from time to time. But the most famous sighting was in July 1977 when Sandri Mansi took a picture of Champ with her camera when she was on an outing at a the lake. Even though the picture is fuzzy it does show a creature with a long neck and snakelike head sticking out of water. The picture and negative were taken to be analyze.They were found to be a real images and not something that was faked. The picture gives the best evidence that something big lives in the lake. They are still researching on what this creature is. Cryptozoology uses the word “cryptids” (coined by John E, Wall of Manitoba, Canada in 1983) for these hidden animals.
I believe that Cryptozoology can be used in the Bible even though the word is not in there. There are cryptids (hidden animals) that mentioned in the Bible. They are behemoth, leviathan, dragons, satyrs, fiery flying serpents, and unicorns to name a few. In my book, “Biblical Cryptozoology :Revealed Cryptids of the Bible”, there is a description of each of these creatures revealed in the Bible. These creatures would fit in the cryptozoology category because they are hidden and have not been revealed as what they truly are. I give only possibilities on what these creatures could be. Take for example, behemoth is only mentioned one time in the King James Bible in the book of Job chapter forty verses fifteen through twenty-four. The description seems to fit a dinosaur, but whatever it was it probably is extinct now. Just look at some of the largest dinosaurs in a natural history museum, such as Diplodocus. You would probably call it behemoth, if you seen it walking around in the flesh. At 84 feet in length with a huge whiplike tail and long neck, it was truly a behemoth. They now have discovered a Titanosaur at 122 feet in length, that is even bigger than Diplodocus.
Cryptozoology is not a pseudoscience by any means but can be an exciting field of study for people who love to study zoology. Important discoveries have been made by men and women who took journeys into the unknown to find elusive creatures that are real. Just look in the science journals of all the discoveries of animals that has been made in the last 100 years. You will be amazed beyond belief. Remember the Coelacanth! It is real, but once was hidden. Go figure!