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It’s easy to dismiss Bigfoot, the yeti, the Loch Ness monster, and other cryptids as fodder for the X-Files. But in this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, to show that when investigations into unknown creatures are done right, they can have real scientific value.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

Dapper Dan 9 (Atlas Obscura User)