Turkey has one major native cryptid: the Lake Van Monster, (Turkish: Van Gölü Canavarı) is a leg
endary cryptid that allegedly lives in Turkey. Turkic mythology embraces Tengriist and Shamanist traditions as well as all cultural and social subjects being a nomad folk. Some of the first documented sightings of the creature appeared between 1995 and 1997 in Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey. Its Turkish name is Van Gölü Canavarı. The Lake Van Monster has allegedly been sighted by over a thousand eyewitnesses. The monster is said to resemble ancient marine reptiles such as a Plesiosaur, which also shares characteristics with the famous Loch Ness Monster.
Turkey (Anatolia) is one of the foremost world sources of plants that have been cultivated for food, and the wild ancestors of many plants that now provide staples for mankind still grow in Turkey. The diversity of fauna in Turkey is even greater than that of flora; while the number of species throughout Europe (without Turkey) as a whole is around 60,000, in Turkey they number over 80,000, and if subspecies are also counted, then this number rises to over 100,000.