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Your Field Guide To Australia’s Local Cryptid Population
The Bunyip – bahnyip
The bunyip originated in Indigenous Australian folklore and it was believed to be a kind of water spirit that infested lakes and other bodies of water. Like many famous cryptids, the bunyip’s hobbies are said to be screaming loudly at passersby and eating people.
Sightings were most common between the 1840s and 1850s and were well documented in Victoria and South Australia. An 1845 report in the Geelong Observer described several encounters with bunyips, including one that ended in a broken arm and another that ended in death. It also contained the following description:
The Bunyip, then, is represented as uniting the characteristics of a bird and of an alligator. It has a head resembling an emu with a long bill at the extremity of which is a transverse projection on each side, with serrated edges like the bone of the stingray. Its body and legs partake of the nature of the alligator. The hind legs are remarkably thick and strong, and the fore legs are much longer, but still of great strength.
When in the water it swims like a frog, and when on shore it walks on its hind legs with its head erect, in which position it measures twelve or thirteen feet in height.
While bunyip sightings have lulled in the years since, whispers of their existence still persist in many circles, with Mysterious Universe identifying a possible recent sighting in a 2019 video that has since been pulled from the internet. Conspiracy? I think yes.
Here’s a fun story – a bunyip will sneak up on you if you enter it’s dwelling area – so basically, if you swim in the waters it inhabits, or go for a jaunt along the creek bed. Don’t do that – especially not at night, when the bunyip is most active. They’ll sneak up on you, then EAT YOU. Bye! See ya! Oh and they prefer women, which I can’t decide if I find misogynistic or feminist. Like do I love them that they prefer a diet of ladies, or is that downright rude.
I don’t mean to alarm you, but there have been Yowie reports as recently as July 19 claiming that the creatures have been stalking the Gold Coast. So, if you live there, it might be time to move.
The Yowie, for all intents and purposes, is Australia’s version of Bigfoot or the Yeti — a large, hairy man-thing that patrols the Australian outback. Sometimes, it sits and minds its own business. Other times, you guessed it, it eats people.
Like, the bunyip, the yowie originates from Australian Indigenous folklore(“Yō-wī” is a spirit that roams over the earth at night.) . It’s alternatively known as a quinkin and is more commonly sighting on Australia’s east coast. While the Yowie myth became widely spread in the 1800s, sightings of the yowie occur frequently, with several prominent incidents.
The Australian bush is a large place, so the next time you visit, watch out for giant footprints and an incredibly hairy man. It might be your neighbour Gary, or it could be something far more sinister.
‘Like an ape, but it had human characteristics’: Yowie hunter claims he had an ‘explosive’ encounter with a beast in the bush – and says he’s got photos to prove it
•Yowie researcher David Taylor said he has collected evidence of the beast
•He claims to have seen yowies hundreds of times and has pictures for proof
•Mr Taylor said he has seen yowies all over Queensland in deep bushland
An Australian man has revealed his terrifying encounter with a yowie and now believes he has the evidence that could prove the creature’s existence.
David Taylor, 50, has been collecting evidence about the mythical creatures for the past 12 years in locations across Queensland.
Although he claims to have spotted yowies ‘hundreds of times’ he says nothing will ever match the excitement of his first encounter.
The father-of-11 said he was on a bike ride with his ex-partner in the deep bushland when the couple became lost and he suddenly felt like something dangerous was close by.
‘Something made me look left, I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t smell anything I just felt compelled to look,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It was huge, it look three steps. One step took it across the path that was as wide as a car, the second step it was into the bush and the third step it was totally gone.’
Mr Taylor said the yowie, which was only 100 metres away, stood seven feet tall and had a strange fusion of human and ape-like characteristics.
‘It looked like an ape due to the hair but it had real human characteristics in how it was built and its behaviour,’ he said.
The Hook Island Sea Monster
Queensland’s Hook Island is home to an even bigger fish, or giant tadpole-like thing, according to local legend and this very convincing photograph taken by Robert Le Serrec in the 1960s. As the story goes, Serrec was out fishing in the Stonehaven Bay when his wife noticed a strange, dark shape in the water.
It was said to be at least 20 metres long and completely horrifying, looking at the photo. But still Serrec ventured out to snap a pic and presumably poke a stick at the monster. When Serrec got closer, the thing moved and tried to eat him and his companion, according to his account in Australia’s Everyone magazine.
Serrec was a professional photographer and given this was in the days before deepfakes and photoshop, the image was spread widely around the globe — and never proven to be false. And given the presence of such gigantor creatures as the giant squid, it’s not hard to stretch the imagination to accomodate a giant tadpole. If you want my advice — if you ever find yourself by the Hawkesbury, watch your feet.
The Hook Island Sea Monster (Image: Robert Le Serrec, 1964)