Cryptozoology is a field of study that involves the search for and study of creatures whose existence is not yet recognized by science. The term "cryptozoology" comes from the Greek words "kryptos," meaning "hidden," and "zoology," meaning "the study of animals."

Cryptozoologists often investigate reports and sightings of animals that are considered to be legendary, mythical, or extinct. Examples of creatures that have been studied by cryptozoologists include Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, and the Chupacabra. The aim of cryptozoology is to gather evidence of the existence of these creatures, to learn more about their behavior, and to better understand their place in the natural world.

Cryptozoologists use a variety of methods to search for and study these creatures. These can include conducting field investigations and interviews with witnesses, analyzing photographs and videos, and searching for physical evidence, such as footprints, hairs, or other traces. Some cryptozoologists also use traditional knowledge from indigenous cultures to guide their investigations.

Neeldess to say, cryptozoology is not widely accepted by the scientific community, with claims that there is often little or no scientific evidence to support the existence of the creatures studied by cryptozoologists. However, some cryptozoologists argue that there are many examples throughout history of animals once thought to be mythical or extinct, such as the giant squid, that were later proven to be real through scientific study.