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Italy isn't particulary well known for its cryptids, the majority of them are either ghosts, dragons, eredited from other neighboring countries or hags that are easily warded off by having them count a bag of beans, however, among the large collections of mystical beasts some stand out as particularly unsettling, especially those that come from Sicily.

History and Appearence

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Torre Archirafi's coast on which the U' Sugghiu was spotted many times

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The 1789 flayer that claims the death of the U' Sugghiu

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Latest description of the U' Sugghiu from an 80s newspaper

U Sugghiù, which means "The Sucker" in the Sicilian dialect, was first spotted around the second half of the 1700s around the areas of the Madoniti woods, Brolo and Torre Archirafi. Torre Archirafi in particular had the highest concentration of sightings of this creature, to the point where people started associating the cryptid with the town, an example of this is the insult “Assumigghi a nu sugghiu da Turri!” (You look like the Sugghiu from Torre Archirafi). An old flayer dating back to the 15 of June 1789 from Verbantiqua claims that the monster committed a tremendous bloodbath starting with the attack on a small fishing vessel, which the beast easily tipped over and devoured 7 of the 8 crew members, in its later attacks it killed 24 cows, 400 sheep, 11 men, 5 women and 6 children. The beast was presumably killed by a farmer who claimed that the creature was 20 ft. long and 10 ft. wide with a fish like body and a humanoid head. Despite its presumed death, the U' Sugghiu was spotted once again in the 1980s, once again near Torre Archirafi, by a farmer who saw it rising from the water after hearing a monstrous screech, the beast then proceeded to suck the blood out of one of the lambs, only to then return to the sea. The description of the monster was also surprisingly similar to its previous iteration, although this time the creature was more akin to a reptile.

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