Certainly, the most famous cryptozoological creature in Southeast Louisiana is the Honey Island Swamp Monster, a humanoid cryptid that has been sighted repeatedly in the Honey Island Swamp near New Orleans. Native American tribes called this creature Letiche. The Cajuns referred to it as the Tainted Keitre. A local legend tells of a train crash in the area in the early twentieth century (early 1900s). A travelling circus was on the train, and from it a group of apes escaped, and interbred with the local alligator population.
The creature is described as bipedal, seven feet (2.2 metres) tall, with gray hair and red eyes. The creature is accompanied by a disgusting smell. Footprints left by the creature have four webbed toes.
The first claimed sighting was in 1963 by Harlan Ford, a retired Air traffic controller who had taken up wildlife photography. After his death in 1980, a reel of Super 8 film showing the creature was found among his belongings.
In 1974 the monster gained national fame after Ford and his friend Billy Mills found unusual footprints in the area, as well as the body of a wild boar whose throat had been gashed. Ford continued to hunt for the creature for the next six years.
Similar creatures have been spotted many times in recent years and are almost certainly relatives of the Sasquatch of the Pacific Northwest and the Skunk Apes of the Central Lowlands.