Unlike many regions where cryptids are thought to reside, the state of Arkansas, USA takes its cryptids very seriously, implementing a law and order approach to ensuring these creatures remain undisturbed. The White River monster was reported by a number of residents as being an aquatic or amphibious scaly creature of great length, having a back studded by rows of massive, sharp spines. After the reports of the beast continued in the early 1970s, District official passed theWhite River MonsterRefuge Act, establishing the regions of the sightings as a nature reserve, with the stipulation that “to molest, kill, trample or harm the monster” was a punishable offense. Sightings have not been constant, but tend to occur in rapid series. This monster remains one of the least known, but best protected cryptids on Earth. Scientists have suggested it is a 5,000 pound elephant seal that wandered up the Mississippi, a theory backed up by the bizarre mooing sounds, and the alleged “proboscis” attached to the animals nose.