The oceans are full of strange things. Maybe legendary cryptids can be found there, too. Here's a list of some of the strangest cryptids that might be lurking in the waters!
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5 - Taniwha
In Maori mythology, which hails from New Zealand, taniwha are beings that live in deep pools in dark caves, rivers, or in the sea, especially places with massive waves. Depending which legend you read, Taniwha can be highly respected guardians or dangerous predators, sometimes kidnapping women from the shores to keep as wives. These creatures are said to take on the appearance of a whale or large shark with gecko-like features including a row of spines along the back. These strange sea monsters are known for being shapeshifters and often take on the form of a collection of floating logs or petrified trees. It is whispered that these creatures can tunnel through the Earth uprooting trees in the process, sometimes causing landslides beside lakes or rivers. Even today, Taniwha are considered very real and have appeared recently in New Zealand newscasts, often being referenced in court cases and legal negotiations, having been used as reasons to block or modify development and infrastructure schemes.
4 - Ningen
Over the past few years, rumours have been circulating in Japan of strange arctic water based humanoid life forms called Ningens. Ningen roughly translated means Human in Japanese, they are named so because of their striking resemblance to human beings. These creatures are said to be completely white with legs, arms with five fingers on each skeletal hand. Sometimes they are described as having fins or a large mermaid-like tail, or even tentacles. The only visible facial features are the eyes and mouth. The Japanese government is believed to be aware of these cryptids and have gone to great lengths to cover up the secret. The sightings occur mostly at night, but no convincing photographic evidence has yet to prove whether the legends are true. Some believe these creatures are really aquatic aliens from another world.
3 - The Hawkesbury River Monster
In New South Wales lurking inside the Hawkesbury River lives one of Australia's strangest cryptids, the Hawkesbury River Monster. The beast is said to resemble an aquatic lizard, similar to the Loch Ness monster, or the prehistoric plesiosaur. It is rumoured to be between 23 and 79 feet long with 2 sets of flippers and a long snake-like neck and head. The first known sightings originated in the 1800s, however, there is Aboriginal rock art from over 3,000 to 4,000 years old which describes the beast. Many hunters and cryptozoologists have devoted massive amounts of time and effort in attempts to locate and/or catch the gigantic sea creature, but as of today, there is no physical evidence, only sightings and legends, leaving many to continue to watch the waves in wonder.
2 - Steller's Sea Ape
This creature was sighted by explorer George William Steller in 1741 in Alaskan waters. Steller described the animal as about five feet long with a humanoid head with attributes similar to that of a hog covered in thick greyish hair, large eyes, pointed ears, a shark-like tail and long whiskers. In 1969 Sailor Miles Smeeton reportedly encountered a similar creature. Some have speculated that the alleged aquatic creature is really a malformed fur seal, but Steller was right about the sea cow and the sea lion, so this potential sea monster could very well be real.
1 - The Rainbow Serpent
From Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime mythology, the Rainbow Serpent is said to be one of the most important Creator Beings, sleeping beneath the ground until the time of creation when it awoke, pushing its way to the surface creating ridges, mountains, and gorges. The creature is said to nowadays inhabit permanent waterholes and controls precious oils and water. After the rain, you will see his spirit in the sky as he moves from one water hole to the next, distributing the rivers of life, you are probably familiar with this image, for the serpent appears as a rainbow.