Cryptid Wiki
Advertisement
Cryptid Wiki
Amikuk

Two Yupik masks depicting Amikuk

The amikuk is a sea monster reported from the Alaskan coasts of the Bering Strait by the Yupik-Eskimo people. It is described as a "large, slimy, leathery-skin animal" which will wrap its arms around people and kayaks, and drag them down to the bottom of the sea. It can break ice and burrow through the earth, and will use these abilities to pursue people who try to escape by running onto land.

Naturalist Edward William Nelson reported that:

Several dry lake-beds were shown to me in that vicinity as having been drained by these animals when they swam out to the sea, leaving a channel made by their passage through the earth. It is said that if the amikuk returns the water follows from the sea and again fills the lake.

Nelson believed the amikuk was a purely mythical animal which was based on the octopus.

Advertisement