- Mongolian Death Worm
Creature_Name = Mongolian Death Worm
Image_Caption = An interpretation by Belgian painter Pieter Dirkx
AKA = Allghoi, Khorkoi
Status = UnconfirmedThe Mongolian Death Worm is a
cryptidreported to exist in the Gobi Desert. It is generally considered a cryptozoological creature; one whose sightings and reports are disputed or unconfirmed.
It is described as a fat, bright red
worm, 2 to 5 ft long (0.6 to 1.5 meters).
The local name is "allghoi" (or "orghoi") "khorkhoi" (хорхой), which means "blood filled intestine worm" because it is reported to look like the
intestineof a cow. It is the subject of a number of extraordinary claims by Mongolian locals - such as the ability of the worm to spew forth sulfuric acidthat, on contact, will turn anything it touches yellow and corroded (which would kill a human) [http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/column.php?id=98249, and numerous other sites] , and its purported ability to kill at a distance by means of electric discharge.
One investigator of that animal is Czech author Ivan Mackerle, who said in
Fate Magazine(June 1991) that it reportedly kills its victims by electrocution. British zoologist Karl Shukerbrought it to the general attention of the English speaking public in his 1996 book "The Unexplained" [cite book
publisher=London: Carlton Books
isbn=1-85868-186-3] , followed a year later by his "Fortean Studies" paper on this subject, which was reprinted in "The Beasts That Hide From Man" in which it was hypothesized that the death worm was an
title=The Beasts That Hide From Man
isbn=1-931044-64-3] . Loren Coleman also included this animal in "Cryptozoology A to Z". [cite book
title=Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
publisher=NY: Simon and Schuster
A joint expedition in 2005 by the
Centre for Fortean Zoologyand E-Mongol investigated new reports and sighting of the creature. They found no evidence of its existence, but could not rule out that it might live in the deep Gobi Desertalong the prohibited areas of the Mongolian/Chinese border.
The most recent expedition was in 2006-2007, conducted by the reality-television series, "
Mentions in texts
The worm is mentioned in a short story of
Ivan Yefremovand in the 2007 novel " Spook Country" by William Gibson.
List of cryptids
* [http://www.deathworm.co.uk/ Progress of a 2005 Expedition] Expedition Report at Cryptoworld
* [http://www.virtuescience.com/mongolian-death-worm.html The Mongolian Death Worm: Original Theories]
* [http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0503-rhett_butler.html 2005 general update]
* [http://www.e-mongol.com/travel_expedition_%20Deathworm2005.htm 2005 Expedition Report on Mongolian web site]
* [http://www.newanimal.org/deathworm.htm The Cryptid Zoo: Mongolian Death Worm]
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