FRONTIERS OF ZOOLOGY Dale A. Drinnon has been a researcher in the field of Cryptozoology for the past 30+ years and has corresponded with Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson. He has a degree in Anthropology from Indiana University and is a freelance artist and writer. Motto: "I would rather be right and entirely alone than wrong in the company with all the rest of the world"--Ambroise Pare', "the father of modern surgery", in his refutation of fake unicorn horns.
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Plesiosaur and Giant Eel Bunyips
The many forms of Bunyip:
Dog Faced, Plesiosaur, Longnecked, and Sea-dog.
Bunyip Models for Contest, Spore Forum
I would say that the Longnecked one shown is a Plesiosaur with falsely assumed quadruped legs, rather like a Sirrush after Ted Holliday.
In New South Wales lies the Hawkesbury River, home to one of Australia’s strangest cryptids. The beast, known simply as the Hawkesbury River Monster, is a kind of aquatic lizard, much like the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland. Descriptions of the creature liken it to the prehistoric plesiosaur, extinct for 70 million years. Sightings report that it is between 7 and 24 meters long [between 23 and 80 feet long-the last is probably an exaggeration]. It supposedly has two sets of flippers and a lengthy, snakelike neck and head. The monster was first heard of by settlers in the 1800s, although there is Aboriginal rock art over 3-4000 years old in the area that describes the creature. The settlers were told stories by the Aboriginals of woman and children being attacked by the moolyewonk or mirreeular, both of them Aboriginal names for the monster that lurks in the river. Much like its Scottish cousin, the Hawkesbury River Monster has gained significant attention from the scientific world. Many hunters and crytozoologists have spent decades trying to locate and/or catch the monster. There have been hundreds of reported sightings, so the odds are the monster hunters will be scouring the area for many years to come.
[The Longnecked/SeaSerpent Bunyip is also known by the traditional Bunyip names such as Yarru
Ya-hu or Yero, or Whowie, confusingly similar to the humanoid Yahoo or Wowie.
The "Big Eel" description is similarly referred to by the same "Bunyip" names, also Bolong-DD]
Deep in the Murray River of South Australia lurks a terrible race of creatures known as the muldjewangk. Details on the creature vary. Some say that they are a race of merfolk.[others that it is a type of gigantic eel-like fish as pictured] Others say that it is but a single giant monster. But one thing is constant: you don’t want to mess with them. Supposedly hiding under clumps of floating seaweed, the muldjewangk destroy fishing nets and disturb those who are foolish enough to enter their territory. Though some local elders claim that the muldjewangk no longer exist, they still thrive in stories told to naughty children to keep them from playing by the river after dark.
Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-australian-mythical-creatures.php#ixzz1nXth1OeL http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2009/11/lindsay-selby-australian-giant-eel.html
Lindsay Selby posted about giant Australian eels back at the end of 2009. The photo at left was posted in a followup article posted on a different site. Here is Lindsay's article again:
LINDSAY SELBY: Australian Giant Eel story
I found the following from 2005 whilst
browsing the web:
Wednesday, February 23,
2005. 'Loch Ness' eel frightens
eel, which is believed to have taken up residence at a Warburton trout farm,
east of Melbourne,
has reportedly been sighted this morning. The eel, which is said to be at least
three metres long with a head the size of a football, has been scaring fishermen
at Tommy Finn's trout farm. Farm manager Gary Wales says an Irish tourist got
the fright of his life when he encountered the eel early this morning. "Next
thing he's banging on me bloody wall on the door of the house, banging, saying
'Gary, Gary I've seen it'. So I flew out of bed right, I said 'how big is it
mate?' He said 'big as my bloody car'," he said. The operators of a trout farm
are offering a $1000 reward to anyone who catches what has been described as
Melbourne's own Loch
Ness monster. It is believed the eel washed into the farm's ponds during this
month's record breaking storms. source:http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1308868.htm
Reward offered for Melbourne 'Loch Ness'
operators of a trout farm are offering a $1000 reward to anyone who catches
Melbourne's own Loch
Ness monster. A giant eel, believed to be around four metres long with a head
the size of a football has been spotted at the trout farm at Warburton. It is
believed the eel washed into the farm's ponds during this month's record
breaking storms. Farm manager Gary Wales says efforts to catch the giant
creature have so far been unsuccessful. "We don't want it harmed, this things
probably 30-years-old, and he's come here probably by mistake and he's found
himself a good little home and plenty of food," he said. "We hope to catch him
alive and take him to the Melbourne Aquarium." He says he has never heard of
such a large eel before. "No. Maybe it's Nessy, Nessy's offspring maybe, who
knows, but no, it's a big eel.