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Tasmanian Bunyips

Tasmanian Bunyips

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Hobart Mercury 1935 (Feb 11)
Hobart Mercury 1935 (Feb 11)

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The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Monday 11 February 1935, page 6National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29180794
GREAT
LAKE
BUNYIPSHOWSUPAGAIN
StrangeStones
of
Phantom
Creature
(By
"Izaak.")'
rpHE
GreatLake
Bunyip
hasbeen
seen
again!
At
intervalsfor
manyyears
visitors
to
Great
Lake-usually
members
of
the
angling
fraternity,whoseveracity,unfortunately,
Isoften
doubted-havereported
the
existencethereof
some
strange
creature.The
latest
convert
from
the
ranks
ofthe
sceptics
is
a
Devonport
angler,
.who
de-claresthatwhilefishing
atthe
lake
re-
centlyhegot
a
"close-up"
of
It.
"I
was
among
thosewholaughed
at
thestories
of
the
Bunyip,"
he
is
report-ed
to
havesaid,"but
I
amno
longer
a
doubter."
He
describedtheapparition
as
"neitherdog,
seal,
hyena,
nor
Tas-
maniandevil,"but
it
was
"aboutthesize
of
a
cocker
spanieldog,brindle
in
colour,
with
hair
so
finethatatfirst
it
looked
as
though
it
had
none.
The
face
resembled
thatof
a
ferocious
dog,butthere
were
two
prominent
tuskspro-
truding
from
thehottomjaw."
Heat-
tempted,he
says,to
obtain
a
closerview,but
it
"jumped
intothe
water
and
quickly
.disappeared."
Oneof
the
firstto
relatethe'exist-
ence
of
the
Bunyip
was
Mr.CritchleyParker,
proprietor
of
the
"MiningStandard,"Melbourne,
and
a
frequentvisitorto'GreatLake,
who,according
to
report,
wasone
day
fishingfromthetop
of
themultiple-archdam
at
thesouthernend,when,
fromoutofthe
blue"depths,
arosea
strange-looking
monster
withlargeluminous
eyesand
whiskers.
Mr.
Parkerhurriedlycalled
to
a
friendwho
was
fishing
some
dis-
tanceaway,
but
by
the
time
he
arrivedtheapparition
had
disappeared.
Otheranglers
haveat
varioustimesreported
having
liadfleetingglimpses
ofthe
phantom-llkb
creature,
and
one
angler
of
manyyears'standing,Mr.Slater
(lils
Initials
haveevadedme),wholivesIntheNorth,
is
one
of
thosewhofirmlybelieve
Inthe
existence
ofthe
Bunyip.
He
once
told
me
that
not
only
hadhe
seenit
atcloserange,
buthadactually
cost
a
spinner
across
Its
back,
andhe
proudly
displayed
the
spinner
with
whichho
achievedtheuniquefeat,which,
If
hardlyevidence
thatwouldbe
accepted
in
a
Courtof
law
as
proof
of
the
Bunylp's
existence,givesstrongsupport
tothe
story,which
isfurther
strengthenedby
the
sincerity
and
enthusiasmwithwhich
hetells
It.
The
Devonport
man's
description
of
the
GreatLake
protege
isthe
most
intimatethat
has
yet
come
undermy
notice,
and
It
hasthe
backing
of
an-
other
North-West
Coast
angler,
with
one
exception,
thatthe
Bunyip
that
ho
sawwasa
gooddeallarger.
An"AboriginalStory
Itis
on
record
that
manyyears
ago,
beforetheTabmanlannatives
becamee.\tlnct,
they
gaveGreat
Lake
a
wide
berthbecause
oftlfeirfearsof
some
monsterthat
inhabited
itswatersandmade
terrifyingnoises
at
night.BuPthere
isreason
tobe
scepticalabout
thetruthof
thisreport.That
theabor-truthof
thisreport.That
theabor-
iginesfrequentedtheshores
ofthe
lakethere
is
ampleevidencein
the
shapeofsharpened
flints
whichformed
the
basis
oftile
utensils
and
tools
such
as
they
had,
andwhich
are
geniii-allv
to
befoundortthesitesof
theirmiddens.
Nor
canone
Imaginethe
aboriginesabandoning
so
prolific
a
hunting
ground
as
tho
lakecountry,
where
wallabiés,
kangaroos,
and
othernative
faunastill
abound.That
some
unusualcreature
orcrea-
tures
inhabitthe
lake
seems
reasonablycertain,
though
few
observershavebeenable
to
give
an
entirelysatisfactory
de-
scription
of
it.
The
accounts
also
havevaried
considerably,butalways
thenarrators
havebeenfirmlyconvincedIntheir
own
mindsthatthe
Bunyip
Isnot
a
myth
or
vision
seen
after
too
bounteous
a
lunch.Varioustheories
as
to
whatthe
creature
actually
ishave
beenadvanced.
Oneis
that
itis
a
large
sealwhich
hasgot
outofItsproper
en-
vironment.
Ifthis
contention
is
cor-
rectthe
seal
must
havereached
the
lake
more
than
20yearsago,
before
thelake
was
land-lockedbythehugemultiple,
arch
barrage
across
theshrunkenShannonRiveratthepointwhere
at
one
time
it
drained
theoverflowwatersof
thelakewithout
let
or
hindrance.An-
other
theory
is
that
it
is
a
troutof
gi-ganticproportions,
and
strength
was
added
tothis
some
yearsago
when
an
unconfirmedreport
was
made
dur-
ing
the
trout
strippingoperations
that
a
fish401b.
Inweight
had
beencaptur-
ed,
though
there
Is
good
reason
to
doubttheauthenticity
of
thereport,
as
thefish
evidently
was
weighed
bythe
scales
on
Its
back-never
a
reliable'
method
!
However,
it
is
knownthatmuchlarger
fish
inhabit
the
lakethan
areever
caught,
and
there
is
a
remote
possibil-
ity
that
an
outsizeIntrouthasbeenmistaken
for
the
Bunyip,
though
It
Isdifficultto
reconcilewhiskers
andlu-
minous
eyes
with
a
trout.
A
thirdtheory
I
haveheardadvanced
is
that
It
is
somo
unknown
amphibian,
andthe
latest
re-
port,the
first,I
believe,thattheBunyip
has
been
seenon
land,supportsthiscontention.
Plethoraof
Monsters
In
the
lastyear
or
two
therehasbeen
a
plethora
of
sea
andlake
monstersinmany
parts
of
theworld,
and
there
ap-pearsto
be
noreason
whycredenceshould
notbe
givento
anew
Inhabitant
or
inhabitants
of
the
water
world,
which
isseven
timesgreaterthan
the
terrestrialglobe.Strangetales
have
beentolQ
Inthecolumnsof
some
of
London's
newspapersof
the
famous
"Loch
Ness
monster,"
and
one
courage-
ousmaneven
told
theworld,through
the
British
BroadcastingCorporation,
that
he
had
seen
themonster
carrying
a
sheep
or
smalldeerInItsmouth.ThemonsterIs
even
the
subject
of
a
fascin-
ating
book.
Itis
claimed
to
havebeen
photographed,
and
even
filmed,yetthere
are
scoffersatthe
Idea
ofsuch
a

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