In this article we will be taking a look at the famous Mongolian Death Worm sightings that seem to be concentrated in the Gobi Desert. It sounds like the title of a really cheesy 1960’s Hammer Horror…but is there more to this story than first meets the eye?
Let’s take a closer look…
Is The Mongolian Death Worm Real?
A British biologist named Karl Shuker released a piece of work in 2002 that seems to lean towards the fact that this strange creature actually exists, and may be concealed amid the sands of the southern Gobi Desert.
He goes on to explain that numerous sightings describe the creature as being a large fat (and grotesque) worm that reaches lengths of about a meter. It is apparently dark red in colour, with spike-like projections at both ends of it’s body.
Locals to the area believe that the worm spends about 80% of it’s time under the surface of the sand. When it is spotted on top of the desert sands, people tend to stay well clear of it!
The Legend of The Mongolian Sandworm
The local name for this legendary worm is Olgoi-Khorkhoi, and there have been (local) reports over the years claiming that the creature can kill in several fearsome ways.
The most popular weapon at it’s disposal is a stream of corrosive venom that it spits at anything that gets too close to it. It is also said to be able to electrocute its victims from a distance.
Over the years numerous expeditions and teams of cryptozoologists have scoured the desert looking for ANY sort of evidence that could be linked to this creature…but they have all come back empty handed. There’s not even a photograph of the beast to fall back on!
Many experts agree that there is no hard evidence…but they also believe that there is no smoke without fire. Most legends and stories must have some basis in historical truth…after all?
So Does it REALLY Exist?
Well…many expert cryptozoologists believe so, yes.
Unlike the Yeti or Bigfoot, there is no hard evidence to back this up. At least the ‘forest man’ has been good enough to leave numerous large footprints behind, or a clump of hair etc. In some cases…he’s even been caught on camera!
But there is absolutely nothing except legend and local folklore to back up the existence of the Mongolian Death Worm.
Recently a set of researchers came to the conclusion that the Mongolian Death Worm likely does not exist, and the belief is instead based upon sightings of another a type of limbless reptile. This reptile is thought to be a type of sand boa snake.
So what do you think?
Do you think this rather frightening and grotesque creature actually exists?
Or is it nothing more than a local legend, based on folklore?
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