Camahueto

Sea Monster of South America.

Etymology: Mapudungun (Araucanian), "sea elephant ."

Physical description: Horse- or calflike head with one or two horns, which can be regenerated if lost. Shar p t eet h. St r ong claws.

Behavior: Born in freshwater; adults migrate to the sea. Said to bore holes in the cliffs and r eefs. Eat s fishes as well as humans.

Distribution: Isla de Chiloe, Los Lagos Region, Chile.

Source: Julio Vicuna-Cifuent es, Mitos y supersticiones recogidos de la tradicion oral Chilena (Santiago de Chile: Univer sit aria, 1915), pp. 32-33.

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