Check out these Legendary MYTHOLOGICAL Creatures In REAL LIFE! From mythical creatures that actually may exist to legendary beasts from mythology, this top 10 list of mysterious creatures will amaze you!
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8. Dugongs and Mermaids
In mythology Mermaids are half human and half fish, swimming like a dolphin with scales. Depending on the mythology you believe, they're either temptresses, or they're simply beautiful beings under the sea. Many, many legends have been made about Mermaids, with several people claiming that they have seen them in part or in whole. But in real life, the explanation for their "existence" is that of the Dugong.
7. Squids and Krakens
Of all the tales and legends of the sea, no creature has caused more fear in sailors than that of the Kraken. The Kraken is said to be a monstrous cephalopod that is beyond anything of modern times. To the extent that some say that it is over 100 feet long, and has dozens of arms that are used to sink ships and take men to a watery grave.
6. Komodo Dragons and Dragons
Of all the mythological creatures that have legends on Earth, few, if any, are as popular and fantasized about as dragons. These creatures are almost always huge, have massive wings, more often than not breath fire, and in some of the tales, they actually talk. To find its real-life counterpart though, you do need to do a little looking, for the Komodo Dragon is not as easy to find as people might speculate.
5. Platypus and Chimeras
In Greek Mythology, the Chimera was a mighty creature with the body and head of a lion, but also the head of a goat protruding off its side, and a snake tail that also had a snake head. Further adding to its fierceness, it could breathe fire. While there is no real-life counterpart to this exact interpretation of a Chimera, the scientific definition of a Chimera is a creature with parts from multiple animals.
4. Giant Salamanders and Kappa
The Japanese have a legend about creatures in rivers called "Kappa". These "river children" are very mischievous, and they'll wait for people to get close to them as they swim in the rivers, and then drag them down into the waters, extracting their souls...through the persons rear end. Though, it is said if you have good manners, the Kappa will spare you.
3. Okapi and Unicorns
When European explorers began to take expeditions into Africa, they saw a creature that looked like a horse, but had a horn, a singular horn. To them, they thought that this was the Unicorn of legend. Further adding to this speculation was that the "Unicorn" was rare to be seen, and only traveled with members of its pack.
2. Protoceratops and Griffins
Griffins are a mythical creature that has permeated many different mythologies, including Greek and Egyptian just to name a few. Each version is described the same way though, the body of a lion, but with the head and wings of an eagle. This "fusion" if you will allowed the Griffin to be one of the greatest beasts in the world in terms of speed and power.
1. Vlad The Impaler and Count Dracula
In terms of legendary villains, Count Dracula is one of the greatest antagonists in all of horror. He was a man who could turn into a bat, and would drain the blood of his victims in order to keep himself youthful, thus making him immortal in many ways. But many forget that author Bram Stoker didn't just make this character up on a whim, he was actually inspired by a Romanian prince in the 15th century who lives on to this day in memory by the name "Vlad The Impaler".