Mythical Freshwater Monster of Australia. Etymology: Australian word. Physical description: Like a featherless emu. Behavior: Drags bathers down into a whirlpool.
Habitat: Water holes.
Possible explanation: Folk memory or extrapolation based on fossils of an Australian theropod dinosaur such as Kakuru, which lived in the
Early Cretaceous, 110 million years ago, in South Australia.
Sources: Gilbert Whitley, "Mystery Animals of Australia," Australian Museum Magazine 7 (1940): 132-139; Bernard Heuvelmans, On the Track ofUnknown Animals (New York: Hill and Wang, 1958), pp. 193-194.
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