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Many of the creatures, some of which have not had evidence discovered for over 50 years, will come back on the radar, as budding hunters have until 30th June 2018 to claim their prize. 

To mark the launch of its new video game, Monster Hunter: World, Capcom has enlisted real-life monster hunter and Cryptozoologist, Jon Downes to help select the top 10 monsters and analyse the evidence as it comes in. 

Mr Downes, Director of The Centre for Fortean Zoology – the world’s largest cryptozoological research organisation.

Jon founded the centre in 1992, to examine mystery creatures, bizarre and aberrant animal behaviour and zoo form paranormal entities.  

Capcom has recruited Jon, given his extensive knowledge on the subject, to help select the monsters that still exist across the globe and assist with the skilful examination of evidence, once submissions have closed.

Mr Downes said: “There are stories of monsters from around the world, and while some may be flights of fancy, not every one of these monsters can be made up. 

“It is one of life’s great mysteries and similar to Monster Hunter: World, I’ve spent the majority of my life travelling across the globe to hunt for evidence of these creatures. 

“Although I have had some successes, I have yet to find that elusive proof and it is time for me to offer my help as I throw down the gauntlet to the next generation.” 

He has compiled a list of ten monsters in various shapes and sizes that will bag you the reward. 

They are: Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Mongolian Death Worm, Mermaids, Earth Hound, Yeti, the Costa Rican goat-killer known as the Chupacabras, the flying snake of Namibia, the Australian ape-like Yowie, and the Cornish Owlman first talked about in 1976 when children reported a grotesque, feathered bird-man in and around a churchyard near the village of Mawnan Smith in Cornwall.

Laura Skelly, of Capcom added: “When planning the upcoming launch of Monster Hunter: World we couldn’t help but keep coming back to the real-life monsters we’ve all heard stories about since we were kids. 

“Speaking to the world’s leading real-life monster hunter, Jon Downes, we were inspired to re-open investigations into a select list of top 10 beasts, setting a huge bounty to really encourage people to get back out hunting for evidence. 

“Much like in the new Monster Hunter: World game, we through it was only right that the scale of the reward fit the task at hand.”

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