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Strange Creatures In
I hope will pardon me if I devl readers ate fromthe subject of rod and line this week, for I have a strange story to tell. Anat other seen-this time "bunyip" has been Tiberias, Lake that large, shallow, reedy ls a never-endwhich lagoon In the Midlands on ing source ,of interest to train passengers the Main Line.
of their habited noises at sceptical
that inmonster terrifying made and be is reason to there night. the That report. about aborigines frequented the shores of the lake is evidence in the shape of there ample fears
thc guard of a passing train-Mr. the apA. Sherriff, of Glenorchy-who saw Is told me. the he parition. Here story a recent a On he was afternoon guard on in seated at his look-out goods train, and was atwas the guard's van when his attention that was tracted by a strange-looking animal It disporting itself on the bank of the lake. was a seal, exshiny and black and resembled thick enough, Its neck not did cept that appear and it was struggling with a large eel. which it appeared to be trying to cat.
flints, formed the basis which as tools such they had, the utensils and on which-are generally to be found Nor can one sites of their middens. so prothe aborigines abandoning imagine lific a hunting ground as the lake country, other and wallabies, where kangaroos, still abound. fauna native been creature has unusual That some waters seems reasonably In the inland seen about and the train guard's story certain, Tiberias apparition gives strength the Lake observers, however, Few to the theory. entirely satisto able have been give an Mr. SherrlfT said that the creature' accounts The kept factory of lt. description it and catching throwing the eel into thc air varied considerably, but always also have well-known seal's trick. Unin ¡ts mouth-a convinced that been have thc narrators lasted for a few Ls not a fortunately thc spectacle myth or vision seen the "bunyip" Shera minutes while the train passed. Mr. lunch. too bounteous after only riff'? ina description ls probably the most This ls not the first occasion strange creayet. seen lakes. timate ture far inland In our has been to the identity of the theories as Various At intervals for many years visitors to Great is that advanced. One been have members of the angling fra- creature Lake-usually the followed course seal that has is lt is a ternity, veracity, whose unfortunately, rivers and Shannon Ouse often reported the exist- of thc Derwent, questioned-have its to eventually into the lake. find way ence there of the so-called "bunyip." is correct the seal must If this contention It is about six years since the last report than 25 years reached thc lake more have a of the kind, when Devonport angler stated ago landlocked ty the before the lake was. an whichhe deanimal that he had seen the across barrage multiple-arch huge seal, scribed as "neither at the point hyena, nor Tas- shrunken dog. where River Shannon the size of at one "about manian devil." but lt was lt drained the overflow waters time a cocker spaniel dog. brindle in colour, with of the lake. as at first it looked hair so fine that though Another theory is that lt is a trout of it had none. The face resembled that of a gigantic was and proportions, strength two fish a ferocious dog. but lhere were when prominent to this some added years ago bottom thc tusks Jaw." of 401b. was been protruding from reported to have capit a ls closer view to When he attempted to obtain reason there tured, good though quickly dis- doubt and of the report, as the the correctness "jumped into the water fish appeared." weighed with the scales evidently was of the on One It ls also difficult to. reconIts of the first to relate the existence body! ls Mr. I believe, the was Critchley cile whiskers (barbels. "bunyip" at Great Lake, with outParker, luminous and eyes name) proprietor of the "Mining Standard. correct a visitor to Great Melbourne, and size trout. frequent a According Lake over long period of years. the was fishing from Parker to Mr. report. at the southern top of tho muitiple-arch dam out of thc blue depths, arose end when, from lt ls ls that heard third theory I have A monster with large lumstranfie-looking a to science. an amphibian unknown hurwhiskers. Mr. Parker and inous eyes a plethora there has been years In recent was fishing some riedly called to a friend who parts of In many and lake monsters he arrived of sea but by the time distance away, to be no reason and there appears the world, the apparition had disappeared. should not be given to a new rewhy credence at various limes Other anglers have world, of the water or inhabitants inhabitant ported having had fleeting glimpses of the than the total is seven greater times which and creature, one angler of many phantom Strange tales have been told lives In Ihe ¡area of land. Slater, who years' standing-Mr. newsof London's of some that he had not in the columns Tamar lold me district-once monster." "Loch Ness of the famous it actually papers nt close range, bul had only seen the world, man told even courageous its back, and proudly dis- and one a cast spinner over through the British Broadcasting Corporation, had which he played lite spinner with a carrying the monster that he had seen if scarcely feat, evidence which, achieved the It is or In its mouth. small deer bc accepted In a court of law. at sheep that would to have been photographed, and even claimed inland lakes least supports the theory that our scoffers at the idea of filmed, yet there are creature. are inhabited strange by some have existing, and those who such a crealurc monsters or lake apthat or other sea seen parently share with anglers the anguish of disbelieved of men. the most being is in an beentirely difIt ls on aco. that many Ness years even record Loch But extinct, Lake Lake, and became fore natives Great the Tasmanian ferent category from is not landa wide berth lake because Tiberias. scotch The they gave Great Lake that in- locked, of is connected some with directly the monster fears of their but terrifying made its lt would not waters and be difficult sen a habited river, and
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is connected with directly the but lt would not be difficult river, and to find Its way inhabitant of the sea for an is the of the Tiberias source to the lake. Jordan, which River eventually empties Into believe that but lt ls difficult to the Derwent, so negotiate a long a sea Inhabitant would journey in search of food. stories? That I believe Do these "bunyip" Harmer I am but. as not prepared to say, are "There things in Heaven remarked, more the philodreamt of In earth than are and sophy" of the wisest of men.