What do you think of when we say the word ‘mist’?
You probably imagine white foggy vapors canvassing a cemetery or an abandoned site. Do you feel a chill run down your spine when you think of the evil that lurks within? Isn’t it eerie how the mist sluggishly hovers above the ground and yet it never clings to anything?
Do you expect a dementor or ghoul to emerge from the mist? Or remain indifferent and argue that ‘it is just plain old vapors, a cloud of fluff!’
No matter which kind of person you are, you will be skeptical and fearful of the suspicious story about a mysterious pink mist that is known to devour man. More surprising than the tale is the paradoxical fact that this malicious mist is found in America’s sunshine state, Florida.
Terror in Tomoka
In the mid-1950s, fishermen and huntsman started reporting the presence of a thick cloud of mist encompassing the woods near Tomoka River that flows in the west of Daytona.
Although these men were used to the frequent appearances of mists and fogs during the winters, this particular one created a lot of buzz and panic among the men.
Why were they so scared? Because the mist was an unnatural hue of pink and it also seemed that it had a mind of its own, as it travelled about irrespective of wind direction.
To make matters murkier, the mist started unraveling many skeletons and carcasses of half-digested bodies of animals and man. After a while it was seen as a carnivorous being that ate up any living thing that dared to walk among it.
Like all things spooky, the mist was dubbed as the ‘cannibal cloud’ that had an appetite for flesh and blood of the residents of Daytona.
Will You Believe the Legend or Science?
Even though the mist vanished by the 1960s, the cannibalism of a vaporous monster still haunts the paths that lead to Tomoka River and people have attempted to make sense of it for years.
According to many, the mist was the curse on or by the Indian Chief Tomkie, who had stolen a sacred chalice and sipped the fountain of youth to gain immortality. We will never know whether the drink was the real deal or not because the traitor met his untimely death in the hands of rival tribes.
Others associated it with the sightings of lights that followed cars that passed through the area, giving rise to an alien invasion theory. While another more logical reason is that the dangerous mist was a product of industrial fumes that were acidic in nature.
Which theory would you vote for?
We are divided on our votes but we unanimously wonder how the ‘cannibal cloud’ hasn’t featured on the big screen yet? It has all the makings for the perfect premises of a horror film.
Maybe this neglect is part of the mystery?