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Convincing Stories Of People Who Claim They Saw The Mothman In Real Life

Updated September 23, 2021 190k views12 items

Often described as a humanoid figure around 7 feet tall with a massive wingspan and hypnotic glowing red eyes, the creature of legend known as the Mothman seems to be connected to tragic events. Across the world, witnesses claim to have seen a creature, with sightings becoming more frequent in the days leading up to horrific events. Two bridge collapses, the Chernobyl disaster, and even the 9/11 terrorist attacks were all allegedly preceded by Mothman sightings.

What is the Mothman? Could it be a cryptid like Bigfoot or something otherworldly, perhaps extraterrestrial in origin? Reports of strange lights in the sky, an unnerving humming sound, and electrical interference have all been tied to Mothman sightings. Many have asked about this creature’s possible motives. Could it have been causing these disasters or should its presence be considered a warning of what’s to come? Like any good harbinger of doom, the Mothman is said to possess a bloodcurdling shriek that’s been known to make those who hear it experience nausea and vertigo.

The following are stories of real people who claim to have seen Mothman and what disasters they experienced - or narrowly averted.

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  • The Mothman May Have Tried To Warn People Of The Fukushima Disaster

    Marcus Pules, an American visiting Japan, was out with a friend near the Fukushima plant when suddenly they heard a loud whooshing sound and a terrible screeching. As they looked back towards the plant they saw a figure Pules described as:

    large and black, from the distance I was at it looked to be sitting on top of one of the squared shape buildings. It sat there for about 5 seconds then it unfurled a large set of what I could only describe as large, black wings.

    The creature took flight, circling the plant a few times before coming closer to them:

    That’s when I noticed the two large red eyes. They seemed to glow from within and with a blood red hue. They were unblinking in the 3-4 seconds we saw them, we knew they were looking straight at us, we knew this creature knew we could see it and it made no attempt to disguise itself.

    Pules describes an immense feeling of dread that washed over him, and the creature vanished as quickly as it had appeared. It wasn’t until Pules was back home in America, hearing the news on CNN about the devastation of the Japanese earthquake and the explosions at the very same nuclear power plant where he had witnessed the creature, that he realized he may have seen the infamous harbinger of disaster known as the Mothman.

  • The Mothman Was Apparently Hanging Around The Twin Towers The Week Of The 9/11 Attacks

    During the days leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, several people reported sightings of a black winged creature flying near the Twin Towers. During the attack, as the second plane hit, eyewitnesses reported a creature flying parallel to the plane.

    Then, in the days that followed, those reporting the creature were allegedly approached by “men in black” and warned to stop talking about what they saw.

  • The Mothman Is Allegedly Connected To The Chernobyl Disaster

    The Mothman is believed to have been around for the worst nuclear accident in history. Throughout 1985, many scientists and other workers at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, claimed to see a huge, black, bird-like creature with the body of a man flying around the plant. Those who saw the red-eyed beast also reported a series of strange, harassing phone calls and a string of nightmares leading up to the disastrous explosion in April 1986.  

    On April 26, 1986, the day of the accident, several people saw the "huge black bird" actually flying around the smoke after the explosion. Even those in the nearby town of Pripyat claimed to have seen the strange creature that became known as the “Blackbird of Chernobyl” in the days leading up to the disaster. Pripyat was also affected and later evacuated because of the harmful radiation.

  • Mothman Might Have Appeared At The Site Of The I-35W Bridge Collapse

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    The Mothman was spotted at yet another bridge collapse in 2007. Eerily enough, the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN, was opened for traffic in 1967, the same year the Silver Bridge collapsed. Then on August 1, 2007, after a month of Mothman sightings, the I-35W Bridge collapsed during rush hour, taking the lives of 13 people with it and injuring 145 more. 

    Reports of the Mothman began trickling in on June 27, 2007, preceding the collapse by a mere month. Many claimed to see the humanoid creature flapping its massive wings in the surrounding area and at the bridge itself. An Illinois woman witnessed the creepy cryptid while driving just outside of Stewartville, MN, on June 27, 2007, called paranormal radio show host George Noory on Coast to Coast AM, and described the creature as having “ a huge wing about the width of a Ford.”