Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
3Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Strange Monsters

Strange Monsters

Ratings: (0)|Views: 21 |Likes:
Published by draculavanhelsing
The West Australian 1946 (March 30)
The West Australian 1946 (March 30)

More info:

Published by: draculavanhelsing on Jan 26, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/05/2013

pdf

text

original

 
The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954), Saturday 30 March 1946, page 5National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50333319
A
contemporary
illustrationrecording
the
appearance
ofamonstersea-serpent
alongtheAtlanticcoastin
1851.A
horrificmonsteroff
theAustralian
coast
was
reported
as
for
back
as
1890.
HIALF
ofPennsylvania
(USA.)
has
been
out
hunting
a
strange
monsterwhich
cries
like
a
child,leaps20feetinthe
air
and
which
isvaridusly
thought
tobe
apanther
or
bear.
America,
of
course,
has
a
few
wildbeasts
of
her
own,
including
panthersand
bears,but
rm
will
Ing
to
lay
a
tento
one
betthat
this"monster"
turns
out
to
be
a
house
dog
gone
bush
or
something
else,
equally
commonplace.
Our
experience
in
Australia
with
"monsters,"
"lions"
and
"
lures
me
into
this
apparentrash
ness.For150
years
we
havebeen
hunting
"monsters,"
but
none
has
ever
been
taken-toborrowfromthewording
of
"Rewards"-alive
or
dead.When
a
hunthas
been
success
ful,the"kill"
hasusually,turned
out
tobe
in
the
nature
of
an
anti
climax.
Thus,
the
notorious
Tantanoola
tiger
was
shotand
found
tobe
a
calf;
theequallyfamous
SCoolac
tiger
changed
mysteriously
into
awild
pig
after
itwasshot;
and
theRiverinatiger
somehow
sufferedasea-change
into
awild
sufferedasea-change
into
awild
pig.
Tigers,lions,
hippopotami,
strange
hybrid
animals,bunyips
andsea-serpents
have
all
been
soughtatone
time
andanother.
Dutch
explorers
startedthe
vogue
fortigers
by
claiming
tohave
seen
theirtracks.Hume'sHippo.
In1821Hamilton
Hume,
the
explorer,
said
that
hehad
seena
largeanimal,
"something
like
a
hippopotamus
ora
m
near
Goulburn
(NS.W.).
But
al
though
thePhilosophical
Society
of
Australasia
offered
Hume
a
reward
for
itscapture,or
failingthat,
its
head,
skin
or
bones.
Hume
could
not
find
his
hippo
again.
Nor
could
anyone
else.,Hume'shippo
points
the
moral
for
all
these
stories
ofmysterious
"monsters."
Invariably
someone
sees
one.
Then
a
lot
of
otherpeoplesee
the
strangecreature.(Stimulated
by
this
American
re
port,Iconfidently
expectanew
hunt
for
a
tiger
to
start
upany
day
inAustralia;
our
last"pan
 
day
inAustralia;
our
last"panther"
wasseen
in1940
near
Mel
bourne-sincethen
we've
all
been
rather
busy
with
awar.
When
sufficientpeople
swear
positively
that
they
have
seen
themonster,
hunts
areorganised.
The
chase
grows
hot-andthenjust
asmys
teriously
the
"monster,"
appar
ently
alarmedatall
the
publicityitisgetting,
vanishesand
is
seen
no
more.
"Tigers"
havebeen
reported
from
Piper's
Creek,Mansfield,Lockwood,
Chiltern,
Briagolong
and
other
Victorian
towns;
from
Harden,Tantawonglo,Goulburn,
Gloucester,
Wellington,
Jamberoo,Orange
andelsewhere
in
NewSouth
Wales;
fromThreeMile
Scrub,
theSt.GeorgeDistrict,
BrisbaneandNormanhurstin
Queensland.
"Lions"
havebeen
reported
from
Harden,
Taree
and
Gloucester,
all
threetownsinNewSouthWales.
TheHarden
"lion"
wasnever
caught
(thehunt
wason
in1933),
nor
was
theGloucestersheepkillerof
1932.TheTaree"fero
clous
lion"
turned
out
tobe
a
dingo-housedog
cross.
The
numerous
"tigers"
were
usually
seen
at
too
great
a
dis
tancetobeidentified
positively.In
aclass
of
its
own
isthe
queercreature
which
fourhorsemen
aresupposed
tohave
seen
crossing
the
MolongloRiver(NS.W.)in1886.
Thiswas
claimed
tobe
a
"remark
ableanimal
..
whitish
in
colourand
about
the
size
of
a
large
dog.Its
face
was
likethat
ofa
c
It
got
awayand,liketheSnark.
wasneverseenagain.
Naturaliststhinkthat
mostof
the
"tigers"
and
"lions"
that
are
seen
fromtimetotime
are
largedingoes
or
dingo-dog
crosses.
HalfMan,Half
Fish.Bunyipshad
quitea
vogue
in
Australia's
cradle
days.People
were
always
seeing
them.
Hundreds
of
descriptions-nearly
all
different-were
published.
Often
itwas
said
to
be
half-man,
half-fish.
Sometimes,
it
was
asserted,
itwas
as
big
as
a
bullock;
at
others,thesizeof
a
kitten.Again
itwas
said
tohave
claws
like
acrocodile.
"A
large
furry
animal
shaped
somewhat
like
a
dog,"
ranone
account,
"withbrightshining
eyes,itseemsto
swim
inlagoons
and
billabongs
by
meansoffins."
No
one
has
ever
captured
orshota
bunyip.In1836
what
was
thoughttobea
bunylp
skull
wasfound
on
thebanks
of
theMurrumbidgee
River.
Itwaspacked
off
in
cotton
woolto
London.Afamousanatomistlaughed
heartily
when
he
saw
it.
Thefind
was
the
when
sawwas
deformed
skullof
a
calfReports
of
bunyipshavecome
fromallover
Australia,but
most
of
them
came
fromthebillabong
area
inthe
Darling-Murray
Riversbasin.
Andtherein
lies
what
I
think
is
the
clue.
The
bunyip
was
(andis)a
seal?
In
1932asealwas
foundinthe
Murray
River
swampsbetweenRenmarkandLoxton.An
other-that
must
have
goneup
the
Murray
900
miles
fromthe
sea
was
shot
at
ConargoinNew
South
Wales.Sea-leopards,
whichareoften
10ft.
to
12ft.
long,
andarespotted
may
bethe
origin
of
someof
the
"tiger"
stories
from
coastal
towns.Sea-leopards
areoften
drivennorth
by
Arctic
storms.
Thus,
a
report
ofa
"tiger"
at
Bega(NS.W.)
in1940
can
probably
be
explainedinthisway.
Bega
resi
dents
heardfearsome
growls
and
barks
coming
from
.a
swamp.Someoneleft
a
fish
meal
there.
and
next
morning
the
strangevisi
tor
haddisappeared.
In
December,1939,
mostof
Graf
ton(N.SW.)
-wasout
hunting
foracrocodile;
-
thereprobably
wasonebecause
scientists
and
expert
hunters
identified
tracksinthe
mud
as
being
genuine.
ShockforFishermen.
There
is
quite
a
literature
about
sea-monsters.Four
men
fishing
offBallambiReef
(N.S.W.)
sawa
monstrous
serpent
witha
head,
sixfeetthick,
in1930.It
opened
itsmouth
abouteight
feet
wide.
Twodays
laterfromthe
sameplace
came
news
of
the
sighting
ofa
90ft.serpent
by
three
peopleona
clifftop.Thenit
wasseennomore.
In
1891
a
diverinNewcastle
Harbour
came
upin
a
hurry
be
cause
he'said
he-
had
seenasea
monster,
30ft.long,
witha
head
like
a
dog
andsaucer-eyes.
Two
other
mensaw
itlater.
Here
are
three
other
"sightings"
ofsea-serpents
briefly:
Lighthouse
keepers
sawone
at
Sandy
Cape(Q.)in
1890;
an
otherserpentwith
a
20ft.
neck
chaseda
Tasmanianfisherman
In1899;
and
sailorson
theSaint
Francis
Xavier
saw
an
80-footer
off
PortStephens(NS.W.)in1925.
Myself,
I
amsceptical.
Scientific
opinion
isthat
those
"sea-ser
nents"
areoftenshoalsof
fish,
sea
squirts
and
long
trails
of
seaweed.
My
final
remark
is
that
if
I
ever
have
todoanylion
or
tiger
taming
for
a
living,.
I
shall
feel
muchsafer
ifitis
with
some
ofour
Australian

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->