Legendary Creatures of Australian Myth and Folklore

The Rainbow Serpent
The Rainbow Serpent | Source

A Few Interesting Facts

  • The Australian Colonial Museum once held a supposed bunyip skull, and reported sightings of the creature continued up until the 1970s.
  • The Australian navy was once called out to search Darwin Harbour for a sea serpent after numerous reported sightings.
  • Experts from around the world were assembled on a remote Tasmanian beach to investigate another sea monster.
  • Massive stock killings by big cats have continued to spark the interest of state politicians.
  • A prominent politician was one of a party of twenty witnesses who saw a giant ape-like creature in the Queensland bush.

Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology is the study an pursuit of mythical animals, or those known only from native tradition, eyewitness testimony, footprints, or other evidence not officially recognised by science. Few lay persons, or even zoologists themselves, are familiar with the scores of mystery creatures, both large and small, that have been reported all over the world. Their knowledge is limited to the few high-profile wonders like the American Bigfoot, Himalayan Yeti, and Loch Ness monster. The problem many cryptozoologists face is that they are often seen as monster hunters and, therefore, not taken seriously, especially by the scientific community.

I wrote this hub with the assumption that "what is true needs to be told, and what is not true is at least interesting."

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Most Australian sightings resemble a panther or cougar
Most Australian sightings resemble a panther or cougar | Source
It was said this cat was the size of a leopard
It was said this cat was the size of a leopard | Source

Alien Big Cats

The term Alien Big Cats (or ABCs) was coined to fit the numerous sightings of big cats throughout Australia. We have no indigenous species of big cat on the continent. In fact even the domestic tabby is introduced and is responsible for the extinction of a number of native animals.

Sightings of big cats are by far the most widely and frequently reported of any animals of Australian folklore. The origins of these elusive beasts are a continued matter of conjecture, however, it is often surmised that they may have been part of a circus or travelling show from where they escaped into the bush, thereafter appearing occasionally to kill local livestock.

Another popular explanation is that they are escaped mascots (e.g. cougars) of American forces stationed in Australia during WWII.

Most sightings of these alien big cats continue to this day and have resulted in them being given names linked to the areas they were seen:

Queensland : The Charters Towers Cougar, The Mount Spec Cougar, The Townsville Cougar, The Waterford Panther

New South Wales : The Emmaville Panther, The Kangaroo Valley Panther, The Marulan Tiger

Victoria : The Dromana Mountain Lion, The Kyneton Cat

Western Australia : The Nannup Tiger

Tasmania : The Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine)

It is interesting to note that most of the above sightings reported cats similar in description to the North American cougar or South American panther. Those called 'tiger' tended to resemble the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine although, it is not a cat, but a marsupial, and is deserving of its own chapter.

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Lake Munmorah "panthers'
Lake Munmorah "panthers' | Source
Hovell's Bunyip Skull : Illustrations of an alleged bunyip skull, drawn from the Sydney Morning Herald by way of Trove.
Hovell's Bunyip Skull : Illustrations of an alleged bunyip skull, drawn from the Sydney Morning Herald by way of Trove. | Source

The Tasmanian Tiger "Thylacine"

A carnivorous marsupial known as the "Thylacine" was a striped wolf-like creature and perhaps the best known of all the beasts of Australian lore and legend. Unlike most other-such creatures, the Tasmanian Tiger, or Wolf, is definitely known to have existed with photographic, film and taxidermied proof. The last known Thylacine died in captivity at Tasmania's Hobart Zoo in September 1936. Although it is now believed extinct, reported sightings, and searches are still regular occurrences in both Tasmania and Mainland Australia.

The Bunyip

A creature of Aboriginal mythology, usually said to be hairy, though sometimes feathered, and to live in billabongs and waterholes from where it will attack passing animals and humans.

A number of accounts describe the creatures as deep black in colour, about the size of a retriever dog with a small head like a dog or seal.. some refer to long hair, some short..some with a swan-like neck, others almost no neck. A booming voice or call seems to be a popular report however and that Aboriginals are afraid of it. There is a possibility however that what has been called a bunyip could be in fact a dozen different creatures. Charles Barrett, the author of a book on bunyips, listed the following terms: too-roo-don, kajanprati, katenpai, tunapatam, tumbata and bunyip - all synonyms for bunyip. Some of the sightings may have been of real animals, some imaginary.

Sightings of bunyips have only been reported as far north as the Condamine River, Darling Downs in Southern Queensland and as far west as the Rocky River, South Australia, but also throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Although based on indigenous belief, the bunyip has merged with other water-monster traditions brought to Australia such as the northern English Jenny or Ginny Greenteeth.

Some historians and scholars point out that the Aborigines first mentioned bunyips around the same time that European settlers imported cattle to Australia (though who would they have reported it to prior to European settlement?). It is suggested that the Aborigines probably became frightened by the bellowing of cattle caught in the mud near water holes.

The Bunyip by Allan Douglas
The Bunyip by Allan Douglas | Source
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The Yarama

These mythical and terrifying creatures of Aboriginal origin are thought to inhabit Queensland's tropical coastal rainforests. Yaramas are said to be evil beings about a metre (three feet) tall, with huge heads, mouths and bellies. They have scaly red and green skin and, instead of fingers and toes, are equipped with cup-shaped suckers similar to octopi.

The yarama like to perch in fig trees and pounce on humans passing beneath, fastening their suckers and draining the victims blood, then devouring what's left. According to legend, should a victim be regurgitated and survive, the yarama will get revenge by drinking the community's entire water supply.

The drinking of blood bears some similarities with European vampire lore, as well as the belief that surviving victims always become yarama themselves. It is also worth note that fig trees are the favourite habitat of flying foxes (fruit bats), which may have some bearing.

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The Yowie

A fierce hairy creature of unknown gender also originating from Aboriginal mythology. The earliest mention of the yowie seems to be 1835, though no sightings were reported until 1871. Since that time there have been many reported sightings which continue to the present day. However the term "yowie" doesn't appear to have come into general use until 1975. The yowie is popularly considered to be Australia's version of the American big foot, and the Himalayan yeti. It is reported to inhabit thickly forested and mountainous areas and sightings have been reported chiefly along the eastern coast of Australia between Kilcoy (two hours North-West of Brisbane) in Queensland to the Blue Mountains near Sydney, New South Wales.

One of the most detailed accounts was presented by Charles Harper and occurred in 1912 at Currockbilly Mountain in New South Wales. Harper states that one night a creature came into the outer light of his campfire. His vivid description states that "the monster stood growling, grimacing, and thumping his breast. It was as tall as a man, but of an enormous build, with long black hair on its shoulders and back, and long brownish-red hair over the rest of its body. The head and face were very small, but very human, but with fangs protruding over its lower lip, and deep, piercing eyes....the stomach hung like a sack halfway down its thigh, and the thighs were much longer than the shins."

The majority of Yowie sightings report a creature about the size of a small man or about five feet in height. However Charles Harper's account is the only one that mentions the hanging stomach and the abnormally long thighs.

I went to school at Kilcoy. Yowie sightings are common in this area.
I went to school at Kilcoy. Yowie sightings are common in this area. | Source
Australian Enigma - Pacific Ocean
Australian Enigma - Pacific Ocean | Source
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The Moha-Moha or Moka-Moka.

There have been thousands of sightings of so-called sea serpents or sea monsters in the seas and islands off the Australian coast, and it would take me an entire separate hub to cover even a fraction of them. For that reason I shall only discuss one of those creatures her.

The moha-moha is Queensland's - no, Australia's - most celebrated sea serpent. and the only one that possesses an official scientific name: Chelosauria Lovelli, or Miss Lovell's tortoise-lizard.

Frazer Island today is one of Queensland's most popular tourist destinations. It is usually overrun with tourists and fishermen but not many make it to the northernmost point, Sandy Cape. If you ever do, you might pause and gaze at the beach and imagine what it may have been like in June 1890 when the moha-moha (moka-moka) appeared.

Here is a brief extract from a letter written by Miss S Lovell, the local schoolteacher, which was published in the English journal, 'Land and Water':

"We have had a visit from a monster turtle fish. I send a sketch of it. When tired of my looking at it, it put its large neck and head into the water and swept around seaward, raising its dome-shaped body about five feet out of the water, and put its twelve feet of fish-like tail over the dry land, elevating it at an angle.Then, giving its tail a half twist, it shot off like a flash of lightning, and I saw its tail in the air about a quarter of a mile off where the steamers anchor.

It has either teeth or serrated jaw-bones. Native blacks call it 'Moka, moka' and say they like to eat it, and that it has legs and fingers. I did not see its legs as they were in the water. What I saw of it was about 27 or 28 ft., but I think it must be 30 ft. in all......The jaws are about 18 in. in length; the head greenish white, with large white spots on the neck, and a band of white round a very black eye and round upper and lower jaws......."

Miss Lovell, and almost everyone else who has commented assumed the creature to be half fish and half tortoise, however Miss Lovell never mentioned a shell.

The tale caught the attention of William Saville Kent, assistant curator of the Natural History Museum in London, who obtained a more detailed account from Miss Lovell for a book he was writing, 'The Great Barrier Reef of Australia', and it was he who gave the creature its scientific name.

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Conclusion

The above are just some of the most well known of Australia's legendary creatures of myth and folklore. Before I conclude I feel I should warn any readers who may be contemplating visiting Australia about a couple of mythical creatures of Australian tall-tale tradition you will probably be warned by Aussies to watch out for:

Drop Bears are said to drop from trees onto unsuspecting 'tourists' below. They are often described as koalas with unusually large heads and sharp pointed teeth.

Hoop Snakes are said to form into hoops by taking the tips of their tales into their mouths and bowling themselves at intruders in the bush or desert.

Don't say I didn't warn you!

In closing I would like to give some credit to my friend Kenneth Avery who suggested I write a hub about Australia's strange legendary creatures in his funny hub "How I Would Terrorize People if I Were Bigfoot."

I hope you found this interesting and I will endeavour to write about more of these mysteries in upcoming hubs. Thank you for reading.

(source: The Guide to Australian Folklore (From Ned Kelly to Aeroplane Jelly) by Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal; Bunyips and Bigfoots by Malcolm Smith (1996); World Book Encyclopedia)

© 2014 John Hansen

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Most interesting. I always just say "why not" there is a lot of land and sea out there we cannot possibly know everything. Some of these were really scary like the bunyip. The Yamara I am not too inclined to believe.


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Zackary Lynch 2 years ago from Southern Oregon

Australia has so many unique and strange animals it's no surprise the cryptids down under are unique as well!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eric, yes there is a lot of room for weird creatures..I doubt the yamara is real also.


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Excellent work, informative, and fun. It's intriguing to see how many different weird animals and monsters, real and/or mythical, exist in Australian culture. Before reading this article, I was only familiar with the Tasmanian Devil, koala bears, and kangaroos! This is a great read for young people, too. Nice, Jodah. Voted up and interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Jan, glad you found it interesting and informative. I dearly hope the Tasmanian Devil is not the next of out iconic wildlife species to become extinct. They have been devastated by a contagious and deadly facial tumor disease in recent years which has drastically reduced the population.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Those are some ugly creatures! LOL Always interesting to learn about other cultures and their beliefs/myths. Thanks for the really interesting hub this morning.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

So true Zachary, our normal animals are so unique such as the platypus, kangaroo, lung fish etc. that of course we ar going to have our own weird cryptids. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Bill we sure have some strange critters and these are just the tip of the iceberg :) Glad you found this hub interesting.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

You do have some strange creatures (by our standards), and this just adds to the mystery and mystique. Very entertaining!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes we certainly do a Flourish, and glad you found this interesting.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Glad Yarma had on the loincloth; don't think I could have took it! And poor Yowie. lol

Interesting and scary stuff! I never saw it but I had a panther give me a scare only a few feet from me and the fence may be all that saved me. I wanted to run like crazy but knew better! Maybe the funniest walk that panther ever saw is what saved me. Maybe he wasn't sure I was human after all!

Really good addition; friend. Bet things like this will make you Google friendly and maybe some money!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Mysterious creatures like these fascinate me. I often watch documentaries where sightings have been seen, but I haven't seen any yet that are conclusive. You never really get a good look at the creatures. I think the best evidence I've seen to date is the photo you provide here of the Moha-Moha. What the hell is that thing?


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I did find this interesting. I have never seen a picture of the tasmanian tiger, strange looking indeed. I am horrified of all snakes and the thought of a bear jumping out of a tree on me is just as bad as snakes. I'm sure you had to do much research on this piece. Well done Jodah...


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

I hadn't heard of any of these creatures before. The stories are fascinating and kind of creepy lol. Thanks for sharing! :)


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Wonderful illustrations! This was a fascinating read, John. I'm pleased to say that on my few visits to Oz I never came across a Drop Bear or a Hoop Snake - I'll watch out for them next time! :))

Myths and folklore are always an area of interest for me. I love to see how these things come about.

Have a great week, John!

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

what an entertaining share even myths exist when people keep the myths alive such as the Lochness monster.. Bigfoot and the Chupa Cabera


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

That was a very interesting and entertaining article. I want to learn more about Australia, real life Australia lol... in Jesus's name, one day I'd like to see it for myself... God bless you, Jodah...


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DrBillSmithWriter 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! Thanks for sharing, again!! ;-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Jackie....would have liked to witness your encounter with the panther. I wasn't aware of the yarama before researching this, but they sound pretty scary. Yes, I hope Google likes this..it would be a first for me.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

yes Shauna there are always a lot more sightings than evidence...and so many fakes posted on the Internet, that even if things do exist you are skeptical.Thanks for reading.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Fascinating read, the Tasmanian Tiger would probably have gone down in myths and legends if not for the video, it was an amazing animal, the Yowie sounds like my ex! lol! I love this sort of thing, and to be honest I don't think we will ever know the real monsters that live in the deep for example, great stuff! nell


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is very interesting, Jodah! It's fascinating to think of all the possibilities. I would love to hear that the thylacine still existed. It's so sad that it's probably extinct.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you found it interesting Ruby. I knew of most of these, but not all and the research for this hub was fun. There are quite a few other creatures that I didn't include..maybe in the future. Yes, you always have to be on the lookout for "drop bears" and "hoop snakes" :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Frank it's good to keep the myths alive. A lot were based on fact originally and changed as the stories were passed down the generations.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad I could increase your knowledge of some of our strange and unique legendary creatures Ryem. Thanks for reading.c


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I love reading of myths and folklore around the world too Ann, but we have some amazing legends of our own here in Australia, I thought it might be interesting to others. Yep, gotta watch those "drop bears" :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi motherofnations. The best way to learn about real life Australia is to actually visit here. Some of our flora and fauna is amazing...the platypus and other marsupials for instance. God bless.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading DrBill, glad you enjoyed this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Nell, they are always discovering new species of sea creatures, and insects especially. It is hard to know what other mysterious creatures are based on fact or totally fictitious.glad you enjoyed the read.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the comment Alicia. Yes, I too hope the thylacine is found to still exist somewhere in a secluded part of the country. Most were hunted to extinction and those that were taken into captivity didn't survive long. They do have a a thylacine embryos hat scientists think they could extract DNA from and clone...that would be interesting if they could recreate the species. It was so sad seeing them locked up in the video.


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Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Very detailed. The scope of Australia's cryptozoology seems well covered. The words of the title that attracted me were "legendary," "myth," and "folklore."

The Tasmanian Tiger seemed very dog-like, although a marsupial. The markings on the back were very distinct. It's an animal, I believe, that eventually could have become domesticated, but no one will ever know for sure now, unless some of those questionable sightings become validated.

Voted Interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Marie, I agree that The Tasmanian Tiger was more dog-like than anything else, even the way it acted in the enclosure.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I appreciate the research and the vocabulary lesson. I must really love you to let you scare me so.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha MsDora, I appreciate you reading this even though it scared your socks off :) Well Halloween is coming up isn't it. At least you learned some new things..thanks.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

You come up with some of the most fascinating and bizarre articles. This one was WOW!


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jptanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

Cool! I'm a fan of legendary creatures, and now I know more about the Australian ones!


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

What a fun, interesting and even a little scary read. Excellent work and so nicely organized and reader-friendly. Voted up and Shared.

Loved It,

Kim


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Cool and a bit creepy John! Love that!!


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica

Australia has always been a fascinating country in terms of history and the type of animals that are found there. I found the article interesting.


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Thylacine is an interesting creature. I'd like to think they have survived and have learned to avoid humans. I spent a lot of time in Montana, mountain lion country, and in all my time backpacking and camping I saw only their tracks. They avoid humans. Maybe the thylacine is the same.

This is a very interesting hub, John. Thanks for sharing.


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

When I lived in Perth back in 1988 (for 6 months) I loved to read about the old aboriginal ways - walkabouts and survival skills and myths and what have you. Their stories and artwork are outstanding. I met and got to know a couple of the natives - they were protesting at the Swan Brewery site and told me of their totemic animals. Fascinating. Your article reminded me of those times.

I watched a movie recently starring Willem Dafoe called The Hunter, about a guy hired to shoot the last Tasmanian Tiger. Interesting to watch.I won't spoil the ending for you Jodah in case you get to see it.

Votes up and shared.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A fascinating and fun read. The photos are just great. So interesting and thank you for a job well done!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Paula, I try :)

Glad you enjoyed and I appreciate the kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this jptanabe. Glad I could introduce you to some new legendary creatures.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Kim, thank you for your generous comment as always..hope it only scared you "a little". I appreciate the vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey, glad you enjoy the "creepy" element.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What an interesting and fascinating article. I have never heard of the area of cryptozoology. These 'animals' are something else. I would be looking for the Tasmanian Devil if I were there. LOL! Thanks for such an entertaining piece.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Rasta, yes we certainly have some strange and unique creatures and we still have plenty of unexplored forest etc so who knows what's hiding there.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I hope you are right Cam. The Thylacine has always been one of those creatures that capture the imagination and I have a soft spot for. I hope they are surviving somewhere and just good at avoiding man.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree eE with you chef, the old Aboriginal ways and their dreamtime stories are fascinating and there artwork is unique. I have heard of that movie but haven't seen it.

Glad this brought back memories of your time in Australia.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Audrey and the kind comment. Glad you enjoyed and liked the photos.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Suzette. Thanks for reading. I am glad this article helped increase your knowledge in a new field. The Tasmanian Devils are still around fortunately though their numbers have been dwindling due to a severe contagious facial tumor that seems to be spread by fighting. So far scientists haven't found a cure, but I hope they do soon.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

It is always good to keep an open mind about what is perhaps out there. We have (?) the Loch Ness Monster here and it is quite a Scottish institution. Good to hear of Australia's mysterious creatures. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Anna, I think you have the king of all mythical/fantastic creatures in the Loch Ness Monster but all countries have a few of their own. I just thought most people from other countries may be interested in learning a little about a few of our "down under" creepy critters.


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handymanbill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

Interesting to see that Australia has its share of monsters. Good hub interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Bill, yes we certainly do.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Hoop snakes would really be something to see but I do not ever want to run into one of those yaramas! Wow, I would not ever want to walk under a tree! Thanks for the interesting read today.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great one from you I like the photo and such a mystery. Such creatures are most fascinating. Voted up, and interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you found this interesting Diana though somewhat scary. We do have some nice shady trees to sit under...what's in them though, that's the worry.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading DDE, glad you found these Australian legendary creatures interesting.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

I always ask myself why if these crypto-beasts such as the Bigfoot are wandering around through the hills, swamps, and forests, then why has no one ever stumbled across a skeleton of a dead specimen? All the same I find these stories fascinating because I think the similarity of these tales across human mythology on all continents says something about the human psyche and perhaps the collective consciousness. Great hub, very skillfully written.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mel. I have to agree, there is very rarely any concrete proof of their existence....occasionally though something is found that astounds such as the Coelacanth fish that was found alive (I think in the 1970s) after having been though extinct for millions of years.


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Zackary Lynch 2 years ago from Southern Oregon

I ask myself the same question all the time Mel Carriere. I spend a lot of time in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, the home turf of Bigfoot and never stumble across any remains. I do on rare occasions hear first hand accounts of encounters from other hunters though. Kind of makes me wonder sometimes.


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

This is absolutely fantastic. I had never heard of most of these. This is so well done, I am voting up and everything else.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Catherine. glad I could introduce you to some of Australia's mythical and legendary creatures, and most are new to you. Thanks so much for the vote up. Much appreciated.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Jodah,

My dear friend, what can I say, but GREAT WORK! I loved your presentation from each photo to the last word.

What great fact-finding and research. I am so impressed.

You are a super-talented writer, Jodah. I am sincere.

Keep up the grea twork and thank you for sharing one of my favorite subjects.

I especially loved the part about the Tasmanian. Great stuff.

Kenneth


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Kenneth, you are a real pal and always so kind and encouraging with your comments. I wish I could produce the number of high quality hubs as yourself on a regular basis. I don't know how you do it. Thanks for reading, much appreciated.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Fascinating read, John! Wow, Australia has always had the most interesting creatures, myths or not! That Tasmanian creature is truly amazing.

Brilliant topic for a hub, and I always love learning about the folklore of other countries.

Up +++ tweeting and pinning

Blessings


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

This is one of my favourite subjects Faith.. the amazing and mysterious enthralls me. I can't believe it has taken me so long to write a hub like this. You are right, our normal animals are unique and amazing..and our mythical ones even more so. Thanks for the vote up, tweet, and pin.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

This was super interesting to me. I've always been a fan of Bigfoot and the Yeti, not to mention Nessie! We never know, and just because we don't see something doesn't mean it isn't there!

I feel so badly for the Thylacine, how sad it became extinct.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful and educational hub.

Voted all but funny.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Mary. Yes I have always felt guilty that man has led to the extinction of amazing animals such as the Thylacine. Hopefully some are discovered still surviving in some unexplored part of Australian forest at some stage.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Jodah,

Thank you for your kind comment to me. Give God the praise and thanks for He is interested in everyone's daily lives. Not just on Sundays or preferred days of worship, but all of the time.

Call me foolish, but I know this is true.

And I did enjoy myself with your hub. I always love this type of hub.

Keep-a clickin' those keys, my frined.


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Rachael Tate 2 years ago from England

Really interesting hub. I'd heard of the thylacine and bunyip but never really knew what they were.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for commenting Rachael. Now you know what the Thylacine and Bunyip are, you don't gave to wonder any more. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks again Kenneth. You are more than welcome, and God is good.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

This is a fascinating subject and your research is excellent. I think there really could be panthers in Australia. For one thing, Australia is a huge country and panthers are elusive. A few live in Florida, but they are almost never seen. Some of the other animals you mention could still be alive, too. Voted up and interesting!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Writer Fox, yes I believe that too and at least there have been photos of Panthers that look legit to me and skins. As for the others, anything is possible. I'd love to hear they'd found one thought to be extinct or a myth.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Jodah,

You are always welcome.

Yes, God IS good--24/7! You keep on doing great pieces like this and I promise you that you will touch a lot of lives.

May God bless you.


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles

I had a babysitter who talked about those hoop snakes! That wide-eyed fascination w/ bizarre creatures has stayed with me all of these years. I loved this very engaging hub! Thanks for sharing your Australian creature lore.

All the best,

Cat:)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Cat, good to see you. Thanks for reading this hub and glad you found our strange Aussie creatures engaging.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello on this beautiful fall afternoon in northwest Alabama . . .

Jodah!

Just flying over and had the urge to see if you were okay.

I hope you are taking full-advantage of this gogeous fall weather that Our Father has given us.

Talk to you soon.

Kenneth


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Kenneth, I appreciate you just dropping by to see how I am keeping. All is good here in the Land Down Under although Summer is fast approaching here and the weather has certainly started to hot up. A big storm last night though gave us some much needed rain so that was a pleasant surprise.

Glad the lovely Fall weather is treating you well.

Talk again soon,

John


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub with such interesting information about the legendary creatures in Australian culture. No doubt, they all look incredible.

I am familiar with some of them, but this is truly educative and sounds mysterious. Its always interesting to know about other countries and their culture.

Thanks for sharing the wealth of information and voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Chitrangada, I agree it is always interesting to learn about the myths and folklore of other countries and strange mythical and legendary creatures are part of that. Some are similar across the world, others are very unique. Thank you for your kind comment and vote up.


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MrsBrownsParlour 2 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

This is fascinating! I love cryptozoology. Your writing is engaging and informative. I appreciate seeing historical documentation alongside the mythology. Voted up and interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi MrsBrownsParlour. Thank you for reading this hub an for your kind comment. Yes cryptozoology is a fascinating subject. I greatly appreciate the vote up too.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

I loved reading about some of the legendary creatures in Australia.

A very interesting article, Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for visiting my hub colorfulone, and for your kind comment. This is a subject that I find interesting so hoped other readers would too.


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dahoglund 23 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I suspect some of these critters migrated from Texas. Some I think were even spotted in the northern by Paul Bunyan's loggers. sharing


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading dahoglund. There is an amazing similarity between many creatures spotted in different parts of the world. Makes you wonder. Thank for sharing.


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Jodah, dahoglund, and Everyone on this hub.

Sorry for the interruption. I just wanted to stop by and say,

"Happy New Year to One and All."


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Kenneth, thanks for returning to this one and for the kind New Year wishes. I have been meaning to check out a few more of your recent hubs (and I'll get there) but when you are following more than 300 other hubbers you have to try to fit everyone in. Happy New Year.


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

@ Jodah,

You are very welcome. I meant every word as usual.

I appreciate you saying you are going to check out more of my works. But I do not ask that you overdo and exhaust yourself. Enjoy the life that God is so good is giving us and when you get time, check out my things.

Thanks, my good frieend and YOU and YOURS have a Great New Year.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks mate.


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Jodah,

You are very welcome. Take care and care to take time to enjoy life.


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Daisy Mariposa 22 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

John,

What a fascinating article! Thanks for publishing it.

I have a collection of Australian Aboriginal wood carvings and bark paintings, purchased when I was in Alice Springs. One of the carvings resembles the serpent pictured at the top of this page.


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tobusiness 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

John, an interesting and captivating read. Australia is a fascinating place indeed. I think my favourite beastie is the blood sucking, vengeful Yarama, he look so cute, hanging there waiting for the next victim. Here in England we have the beast of Bodmin, terroriser of Cornish farmers now believed to be a 12-inch black CAT. Oh well..it was exciting while it lasted.:).


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Jo. Yes I think the Yarama is my favourite too, though I'm not sure I'd like to meet one. The Beast of Bodmin...a twelve inch black cat..haha. They can look like a panther with the use of a zoom lense can't they?


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Daisy. Great to hear you possess some great Aboriginal art. The serpent is the "rainbow serpent." Glad you enjoyed this article.


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Randy Horizon 21 months ago from Philadelphia

A very interesting hub. I love reading about mysteries and unknown subjects. Some of these may be just imagined tales and others may be real animals that are not yet proven to exist. The Tasmania Tiger was real and may still exist in remote areas. Great hub Jodah. Love your pictures and images.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank for the great comment Randy. I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing this hub. There are some tales of so many amazing creatures whether fact or fiction.


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

amazing creepy crawly stuff I have never heard of, great hub to read and got me hooked up


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you found this hub creepy Peachpurple, and we're introduced to creatures you hadn't heard of. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Easy Exercise 19 months ago from United States

Jodah,

Delightful! I love Queensland and have always wanted to return and now I desire it even more. Wonderful hub! I will be sure to sent this out to Twitter!


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Kelly, gad it made you want to return to Queensland. I appreciate your kind comment and tweeting this too. Have a great day.


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Besarien 19 months ago

This is such a fun hub! Thanks for the hint of mystery and taste of local culture.

If there are crypto-beasties hiding out somewhere, then Australia is not bad place for them. That is easier for me to believe than that aborigines were spooked by cows. Too many other things that actually kill people don't see to phase them.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Besarien. Yes we are isolated enough to have a lot of creatures that are unique and I think it's probably a myth that aborigines were scared by cows, though they'd probably never seen anything with horns before and that made a loud mooing noise so first sighting may have been of an experience. Crocodiles etc were regularly encountered and they knew how to deal with them.


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EsJam 19 months ago from Southern California

Such amazing information and photos and videos. I enjoyed the photo of the Yowie! (Yowza!) - Essie


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Essie, thanks for reading this, one of my favourite hubs. So glad you found it interesting, especially the yowie.


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deepaliawasare 10 months ago from Vadodara

interesting read Jodah .... there may be so many creatures in nature yet unexplored by man ... even if these creatures may be mythical ...i love the imagination and creativity of the human mind in making up such fantastic creatures ..... my grandmother was a great storyteller and we loved to hear these stories about mythical creatures and ghosts she told...... very very fascinating ...just like your article


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Deepali, thank you for reading and it's great that you found this hub interesting. I am fascinated by strange and mythical creatures. Who knows what is really out there. Mankind does have a good imagination though, and we like to believe in the strange and amazing.


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aesta1 10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

What an interesting hub. It is fascinating how cultures create their own myths with out of this world creatures. Somehow, though, they must have some impact on the collective identity of the culture.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes aesta1, the different mythologies are fascinating indeed. Most must have been created to teach certain lessons within the culture, but some may even be based on fact and creatures that actually existed.


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sujaya venkatesh 10 months ago

a well-deserved research


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Sujaya, thanks for the visit and comment.

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