The state of Georgia has given birth to many heroes since it was founded. Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and singer Ray Charles were both born in the state and the city of Atlanta remains one of the leading lights in American culture. However, over seventy percent of the state is unexplored woodlands and where there are unexplored regions, legends of strange creatures emerge with incredible regularity.
A recent creature of legend to emerge, Hogzilla is notable because the creature can be verified as real. This eight hundred pound, twelve foot long porcine beast was shot by hunter Chris Griffin in 2004 and when pictures became public, speculation ran wild. When the corpse’s authenticity was confirmed, questions quickly arose. Genetic testing revealed the creature to be a hybrid between a domestic pig and one of the wild boars that roam the Georgia woods.
But no scientist has been able to discern the origin of the creature, and many wonder if there are more like it out there.
In a boggy pond called the Nodoroc by the Creek nation that lived in the area centuries ago, local Creek natives erected a stone altar where they executed criminals and then tossed them in the bog. They were believed to suffer their for all time. What’s left of the bog has given birth to legends of the Wog. Said to be a black dog that’s so large, it could be a small horse. It has long hair and longer front legs than hind legs.
In the legends of the land, it is described as having a long tail with a white tip at the very end, blazing red eyes, a forked tongue and a tusked maw. This creature was reported by European settlers soon after they arrived, stalking around the cabins on the fringes of the wilds and sometimes even scaring domesticated animals to death.
Another legend of the Creek nation, Altamaha-ha is a fascinating water monster legend that dates back before the colonial period. The creature gained national attention after a newspaper publisher witnessed the beast while on a fishing trip. It was described as two humps roughly five feet apart moving as quickly as a speedboat. Monster stories emerged quickly, and some old sightings gained renewed interest.
Among them were 1970s tales of a creature with the head of a snake and others of an underwater creature large enough to make boats bob in its wake.