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Moha Moha

Moha Moha

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Melbourne Argus 1956 (June 2)
Melbourne Argus 1956 (June 2)

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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Saturday 2 June 1956, page 33National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71806639
"Part
turtle,
port
fish,"
theteachersaid
DID
SHE
SEE
A
MONSTER?
BILL
I
WANNAN'Sl
COLONIAL
I
CAVALCADE!
MISS
LOVELL,
a
school-teacher
living
withthesmalllighthouse
community
at
Great
Sandy
Island,off
Bundaberg,
was
takingherusual
stroll
alongthebeach
at
SandyCape
one
day
in
June,
1890,
when
she
saw
something
thatmade
her
stopand
stareinamazement.It
was
an
enormous
sea
creature,lyingpartly
outofthe
water.At
first
Miss
Lovell
thought
it
wasa
giant
turtle,
as
it
had
a
similarheadandshell.Buttheodd
thing
about
it
was
itstail.
This
was
verydefinitelylike
the
tailof
a
huge
fish.MissLovell
had
for
a
numberofyearstaken
a
keeninterestinlocalnaturalhistory,andhadtrainedherselftoobserve
things
carefully.Theoionster
on
theshore
was
obviously
very
much
alive,
but
it
didnot
move
when
she
approached
withinAvefeetof
it.
Twochildrenfromthe
lighthousejoined
herandasked
all
kindsof
questions
-
"Is
it
an
alligator?""Did
a
sharkbite
a
pieceoutof
its
tail?"After
watching
for
half
an
hour,
the
little
party
on
the,
beach
saw
themonsterput
its
headandneck
slowly
into
the
sea
and,
without
disturbing
the
calmwater,
move
awayfromtheshore,
gatheringspeed
asit
went.
He
laughed
'"THEschoolteachermade
a
A
drawing
ofthemonsterandshowed
it
totheblack
folk
on
theIsland.
They
instantly
recognised
thelikeness."Moha
Moha,"theynodded,laughing."Saucy
fellow,Meebee."Whichuneant
"dangerous
turtle."
They
toldMissLovell
itwas
good
toeatbut
that
it
was
a
crea-
turetobefeared.About
eight
years
earlier
one
had
attacked
thenatives'camp.lt
couldstand
up-
right
andhad
put
its
legs
on
a
powerful
blackandhadknockedhimdown.Of
one
thing
MissLovell
was
certain.
Itwas
decidedly
not
a
turtle,
but
a
monster,
"half
fish,
halftortoise."Thewholeincident
might
havebeen
a
nine
days'wonder
on
theisland
'if
theyoung
lady
hadn'twritten
an
accountofwhatshehad
seen
forher
family
in
Eng-
land.
"
Parts
ofthisletter
were
sent
by
a
friendtotheeditorofahEng-lishnaturejournal."Landandin

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