What Is Mothman?


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Mothman is a winged creature that reportedly appeared to people in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The creature first appeared in November of 1966. More than 100 people reported sightings of Mothman, describing him as 7 feet tall with large wings. After the local Silver Bridge collapsed on Dec. 15, 1967, the Mothman sightings stopped. The legend was the inspiration for the 2002 movie "The Mothman Prophecies," which starred Richard Gere.

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People who spotted Mothman described him as part human, part moth. The creature's wings reportedly expanded to 10 feet wide, and his eyes were described as glowing red. Mothman did not speak, according to witnesses, but emitted a shriek or a squeak.

The first reported sighting of Mothman happened near Clendenin, West Virginia. The next sighting happened five days later in Point Pleasant, which lies to the northwest of Clendenin. Some reports stated that the creature was white, while others compared it to an oversized bird. According to sightings, some of Mothman's activities include attacking cars and taking dogs.

No proof of Mothman's existence remains from the year of sightings. Analysts have postulated that the creature was actually a sandhill crane or a heron, while others suspect that Mothman was the work of local pranksters.

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