Elbst

Freshwater Monster of Switzerland.

Etymology: From the Old German albiz ("swan").

Physical description: Serpentine. Sometimes looks like a drifting log or floating island. Reddish color. Head the size of a pig's. Scales. Clawed feet.

Behavior: Favors stormy weather. Creates a big wake. Travels on land at night. Eats cattle.

Distribution: Selisbergsee, Canton Uri, Switzerland.

Significant sightings: First reported in 1585 and last seen in 1926 by workers building a new road.

Sources: Renward Cysat, Collectanea chronica und denkwürdige Sachen pro chronica Luchernensi et Helvetiae [1614], vol. 4 (Lucerne, Switzerland: Diebold Schilling Verlag, 1961—1972); C. Kohlrusch, ed., Schweizerisches Sagenbuch (Leipzig, Germany: R Hoffmann, 1854); Josef Müller, Sagen aus Uri aus dem Volksmunde gesammelt, vol. 1 (Basel, Switzerland: Gesellschaft für Folkskunde, 1926).

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