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Creepy Cryptids: The Bridgewater Triangle Part III

          So now that we have looked at haunting and UFO sightings in the Bridgewater Triangle, let’s stay in this spooky vein and take a look at all the wonderful cryptids reported in the area. We won’t be able to cover everything, so consider this a Greatest Hits of the Bridgewater Triangle Cryptids.

Giant Cats

I was hesitant to include this one in this category. Some people believe big cat sightings outside of their natural habitat are extra terrestrial sightings (alien cats) or the result of a haunting (phantom cats). I’m not sure what to believe here, but I do firmly believe that it is some type of zoological phenomenon, crypto or otherwise. That’s why we’re discussing the panthers and whatnot in the cryptid post. Anyway, onward.
          It’s very difficult to find detailed accounts of these big cats, so let’s cover the broad strokes. There have been a handful of accounts stating that a large cat – typically described as panthers or mountain lions with burning red eyes. These creatures then are said to make eye contact with the observer and/or stalk them. They then disappear – accounts state that this can happen when they are being watched or when the witness briefly looks away.

Thunderbirds

          Thunderbirds are creatures of immense importance in native american folklore. Different tribes have different words for the creature, but it is a consistent presence throughout their folklore and mythology. The TL;DR of their mythos is that these birds were protectors of humans, acting to protect them from evil spirits. Thunderbirds are supposedly able to bring rain and storms, though this power could provide or wreak havoc for humans. The name Thunderbird stems from this ability to bring storms, and the idea that the flapping of their massive wings is what causes the sound of thunder.
        The most notable sighting of a Thunderbird in the triangle came in 1980, when a Police Sergeant spotted a tall winged figure while driving. Other sightings have stated these winged creatures look like typical renderings of the prehistoric pterodactyl – a flying creature with a large wingspan. Sometimes, they are reported to have talons. Sometimes, they are described as looking like dragons. There’s not a whole lot of uniformity between sightings of Thunderbirds.

Dover Demon

          The Dover Demon is a…strange creature seen in the Bridgewater Triangle. It is reported to be a pale, humanoid creature. It is reported to have a bulbous nose and no mouth. Its limbs and fingers are freakishly long. It was seen walking both bipedally and on all fours. Its eyes are said to glow, though the color of them changes between orange and green, based on the sighting. To me, it looks like the typical description of a Gray Alien, though it apparently is not seen in conjunction with any UFOs or UAPs.
          The most notable sightings of the Dover Demon took place over two days in April of 1977. Several people claimed to see the creature and reported it to police. They were all questioned separately and were asked to draw what they saw. All of these drawings were reportedly very similar. The police, however, did not believe the witnesses and dismissed all sightings as a prank.

(A witness sketch of the Dover Demon.
via Wikipedia)

Pukwudgie

          Pukwudgies are gnome or dwarf-like creatures found in the Bridgewater Triangle. They are said to stand around three or four feet tall, and enjoy harassing humans. They apparently love to stir up mischief and play tricks, though they are known to be dangerous to humans as well. Pukwudies are apparently able to appear and disappear at will, and have been known to lure humans to their death in the woods of the Bridgewater Triangle. Specifically, they are said to push people over cliffs, kidnap people, stab people with tiny little knives, and throw sand in people’s eyes. Sounds lovely, right?
          There is one story that stands out from the rest of reported pukwudgie sightings. The encounter took place in 1990 near Raynham. Bill Russo took his dog on a walk around midnight. At first, there was nothing out of the ordinary. No other people, no animals…by all accounts, a quiet night. Until it wasn’t. According to Bill, he heard a high voice call out to him. The noise formed loose words – “ee wan chu. Ee wan chu. Keer, keer.” A short creature then stepped into the light. It was covered in brown fur and had a potbelly. As it repeated its message, it beckoned to Bill with one hand. 

(A Pukwudgie Crossing Sign.
via New Bedford Guide)

Bigfoot

          Okay, we’re not going to get deep into details here, but I would be remiss if I did not mention Ol’ Bigfoot. The sightings are pretty typical of Bigfoot lore – the smell and the loud noises and the glimpses through the trees. It only stands to reason that one of the most prolific of cryptids has shown up a few times. I’m planning to do a few posts in the future about Bigfoot/Sasquatch, so we’ll stop here for now.

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