Calling all cryptozoologists! Grab your gear and get ready to go 'squatching, because Capcom is shelling out big bucks if you can provide evidence of the existence of a cryptid creature.
To promote the release of Capcom's new video game, Monster Hunter: World, the video game giant has offered £50,000 (about USD $70,000) to anyone who can prove the existence of one of 10 infamous cryptids. Cryptids are animal creatures that may or may not be real. Well-known examples include Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster.
According to Twinfinite, Capcom has partnered with Jon Downes of the Centre for Fortean Zoology to judge the entrants. Downes and his team of cryptozoologists will analyze the entries to determine which (if any) are legit.
The 10 cryptids they want evidence of are:
- Bigfoot - Also known as sasquatch, these ape/humanoid creatures are generally believed to reside in the Pacific Northwest.
- Loch Ness Monster - The Scottish lake monster has been reportedly spotted in Ireland, Northern Europe, Siberia, and North America.
- Mongolian Death Worm - Thick, sausage-like worms that are said to reside in the remote parts of the Gobi desert and are so poisonous that one touch can kill you.
- Mermaid - Half-human, half-fish, and not at all a Disney princess.
- Earth Hound - A mysterious creature that is said to live in Scottish graveyards and eat dead bodies.
- Yeti - Also known as an Almasty, yetis are covered in dark fur, not white fur as often portrayed in cartoons. They live in the foothills of the Himalayas and have been reported across Central Asia. Researchers think they may be a very primitive species of human.
- Chupacabra - Mexican goat suckers, these doglike creatures are believed to drain the blood of goats like vampires.
- The flying snake of Namibia - There are several species of "flying" snakes that actually just launch themselves out of trees, but are only about 4 feet long at their largest. Reports from Namibia suggest a new breed that is 25 feet or more.
- Yowie - An apelike creature spotted in Australia. If found, it would be the only primate species outside of humans to be found in Australia.
- Cornish Owlman - A feathered bird-man said to hang out around old churches in Cornwall. It has been tied to a cult that is said to sacrifice children to an owl god.
Now the downside: This competition is only good for U.K. monster hunters. But if that's you, and you think you have proof, submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.