Alternate name for the Bunyip of Australia. Etymology: Australian word. Physical description: Half man and half fish. Has a matted crop of reeds instead of hair. Behavior: Call is a booming sound. Distribution: Lake Alexandrina, South Australia.

PP'ossible explanations:

(1) The booming calls might be the cry of the Brown bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus).

(2) Episodic explosions like guns firing have been heard in at least three seismically active parts of Australia: near Kooroocheang, Victoria; in Western Australia; and along the Darling River in New South Wales.

They have been attributed to micro-earthquakes.

Sources: George Taplin, The Narrinyeri (Adelaide, S.A., Australia: J. T. Shawyer, 1874); William R. Corliss, Earthquakes, Tides, Unidentified Sounds and Related Phenomena (Glen Arm, Md.: Sourcebook Project, 1983), pp. 151-158.

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