Contrary to popular belief, cryptids don’t have to be supernatural, mythical or even all that strange — though many popular creatures acquire these characteristics as their legends grow. In truth, the field of cryptozoology covers everything from scientifically plausible but poorly documented animals to demon-like monsters seen only in dark forests and shaky video footage. The term ‘cryptid’ can be applied to any of the following categories of unknown beasts:
Creatures from myth and legend
Supposedly supernatural or paranormal entities
Extinct creatures said to still inhabit specific areas
Known animals in areas they are not known to inhabit
Known animals of an unusual size or appearance
Animals that don’t resemble any known species
Known hoaxes, whether taxidermy, Photoshop, false accounts or otherwise
In general, a creature is a cryptid when there is some evidence for its existence — whether it’s photographic evidence, footprints, remains or even an eyewitness account. When irrefutable evidence of a creature’s existence is found, it ceases to be a cryptid and moves into the realms of science. While rare, this has happened a few times — think the platypus, or the okapi (known as the ‘African Unicorn’), both strange animals that were once considered to be hoaxes by Western scientists. Even the famous Komodo dragon was once thought to be a myth.
Rougarou or Loup Garou (loup meaning wolf, and garou meaning a man who turns into an animal) is a shape-shifting monster that lives in the swamps of Lousiana. Rougarou is actually the Michif word for werewolf. It is like a werewolf, but it can turn into wolf form any time. This is what makes the Rougarou much more dangerous. Cajun folklore says that it stalks the swamps of Acadiana and Greater New Orleans.
This necklace is completely made out of sterling silver. The design was created by me, hand drawn and hand sawn. The necklace measures 2.75 inches long from the top to the bottom. And 2.5 inches wide from side to side.
*Note: necklace length can be chosen by buyer in 16, 18, 20, 22 or 30 inches. All necklaces chains are stainless steel.