Of the Week

The Pal Rai Yuk

Written by Zavier Colon

Cryptid of The Week: Week 10

Welcome back dear reader to the tenth installment of Cryptid of The Week. I would like to start this week’s article off with a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have continuously read my articles as well as to any new readers. The reason as to why I am suddenly expressing my gratitude is because it is the tenth installment of Cryptid of The Week a landmark for me on the Knightly News. Now let’s get back to why you’re all here, this week’s Cryptid is from Yupik Eskimo folklore and is a native to the waters around Alaska. The Cryptids name is the Pal Rai Yuk.


The Pal Rai Yuk is most commonly depicted as a long, serpent like creature with spines or fin along its back and 2 horns atop its head. It has three stomachs with 2 legs fixed on the bottom of each one. Though there are some depictions showing it two have an extra stomach as well as 2 more legs though the former description is much more common than the latter. Additional discrepancies range from fur thickness, horns length, two heads, two tails. a sharp spinal ridge, and a flipper at the end of the tail. The size of it varies, with some accounts saying that its head alone was seven feet, and others claiming that when it would emerge the only portion that was visible which was the head down to the second stomach was seven feet. The Pal Rai Yuk was said to live near the Bering Strait which is the space of ocean between Alaska and Russia which is only 53 miles wide at its narrowest. Believed to have lived during a time when the Bering Strait was warmer the Cryptid lurked in the rivers and swamps that connected to the Bering Strait near the Alaskan Coast and ambushed anyone who came near devouring them. It was also known to attack ships that attempted to cross the Baring Straight sinking them and devouring their passengers. Though assumed to have been hunted to extinction long ago it is still a tradition to paint the creature’s likeness on the bottoms of kayaks and umiaks in order to ward it away, and it was also depicted on harpoons, charms, and other objects as a symbol of strength and hunting skill.

The Pal Rai Yuk is assumed to have gone extinct long ago however stories of the creature are still told to Yupik children as deterrence to not wander to far from home. Covid-19 however has become the nationwide deterrence for not wandering from home. I hope all of you are staying safe as well as staying healthy. Once again if you have any suggestions as to what I should write about next feel free to email me or leave a comment below. Thank you all again and remember to be careful for these are trying times.



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Zavier Colon