El Cuero

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El Cuero

Region of origin: Lácar Lake, Chile and Argentina

A flat, ray-like lake monster said to exist in South American bodies of water, specifically around Lácar Lake near the borders of Chile and Argentina, the cuero will leap up out of the water with incredible speed and engulf prey that ventured too close to the shoreline in its folds, smothering and consuming it. Also known as the hueke hueke, it earned the name cuero, meaning “leather,” as when laying flat it is said to resemble a splayed cow hide. There’s some speculation it may be related to fresh water rays or nudibranches.

Originally posted on Tumblr on May 13, 2016

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Afanc

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Afanc

Region of origin: Wales

The afanc is a lake monster, in turns a demon or dragon, utilized in various Welsh folklore and stories, although which actual lake it calls home varies heavily depending on the source. The tales often involved terrorizing and eating townsfolk, being mollified by beautiful maidens and finally slain by knights and heroes once it could be lured from the safety of its watery domain, including some stories attributing killing the beast to King Arthur himself; the site of which is memorialized by a hoof-print on the shore of Llyn Barfog supposedly left by Arthur’s horse Llamrai as she dragged the afanc out of the water.

Originally posted on Tumblr on February 24, 2016

Nguruvilu

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Nguruvilu

Region of origin: Chile

A creature of Mapuche folklore, the nguruvilu (literally “fox-snake”) is a river monster who waits for people to cross a seemingly-shallow patch of water and then as they pass creates a whirlpool, trapping and drowning the hapless traveler. Nguruvilu can be stopped by hiring a shaman to dive into the whirlpool, wrestling it into submission and threatening it with a knife.

Originally posted on Tumblr on February 21, 2016

Haietlik

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Haietlik

Region of origin: Vancouver Island

“Lightning snake” sea monsters in the legends of Nuu-chah-nulth mythology, they were said to be large enough to prey on orca, stunning the whales with lightning shot from their mouths or stabbing at them with their knife-like snouts. Fishermen or hunters seeing a haietlik was supposed to bring good luck.

Originally posted on Tumblr on January 20, 2016

The Beast of ‘Busco

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The Beast of ‘Busco

Region of origin: Churubusco, Indiana, United States

In the late-Nineteenth to mid-Twentieth centuries there were numerous reports of a giant 500-pound snapping turtle in an Indiana lake. Oscar, as he came to be known, became something of a local celebrity, in spite of an extensive search and draining the lake providing no evidence of his existence.

Originally posted on Tumblr on November 9, 2015

Bownessie

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Bownessie

Region of origin: Windermere

A fairly recent cryptid, there have been several sightings of a lake monster in the Windermere region with descriptions varying from a massive seal to a massive snake. The creature’s nickname is a portmanteau of the local town of Bowness and its more famous cousin Nessie.

Originally posted on Tumblr on September 15, 2015