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The U.S.A.

North America

Home of endless folk monsters from old prospectors' tales and frontiersmens' campfire stories, America the Beautiful has a strong history of lake, river and sea monsters as well.  When European settlers started exploring the wide open spaces of what is now the United States, they discovered tales of fearsome monsters lurking in deep lake bottoms.

Soon the Gloucester Sea Serpent started to appear to hundreds of people, and the Midwest revealed some very credible river monsters.

The steamy swamps and mangrove forests of the South concealed all manner of real threats--snakes, gators, crocs--and it's no surprise that the numerous waterways of the good ol' South have given birth to countless monster legends--among the strangest is Florida's giant penguin.

Mountain lakes of the great Northwest share nearby Canada's notoriety for lake monsters, and that coast is dotted with islands and winding channels that support a thriving population of sea monster sightings.

Lakes and streams among the towering peaks of far Northern California are said to be home to nine-foot salamanders, while in the desert Southwest a surprising number of man-made reservoirs have hatched local lake monster legends.

And let's not forget about Thunderbirds, which made a long-lasting and inexplicable appearance over Illinois in 1977.  Legends of massive birds are also found in the Appalachians and in the Southwestern states, particularly Texas.

The Loveland Frogmen
The New River Inlet Globster
The Pensacola Sea Monster
The Portsmouth Sea Serpent
Saint Johns River Dragon
Saint Johns River Monster