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Dobhar-Chu You Can Too by tiffanyturrill Dobhar-Chu You Can Too by tiffanyturrill
yet another entry for the [link] Alphabestiary blog! and D is for Dobhar-chu, the nasty water-going Irish lake monster. I took some liberties with him, but i'm trying to make the critters for this project as biologically sound as possible. (ie no random human parts, they look like they could be a real holotype for a species)

the whole time while making this, I had Blue's Clues songs stuck in my head. XD

learn bout heem:

Hailing from the rivers and deep lakes of Ireland comes a monster known as the Dobhar-chu. The name Dobhar-Chu when translated from Irish Gaelic literally means "Water-Hound," and is sometimes confused with its close cousin the Pooka (Puca) or "Water-horse."

The Dobhar-Chu has been described differently over time, but the general consensus is that it has a very sleek otter-like appearance, and an enormous dog-like head, with fins like a fish. In some versions of the myth, the Dobhar-Chu has a fish tail and shark teeth. In others, it's more like a huge wiry-haired dog with webbed paws.

In every version of the story, the Dobhar-chu is a maneater that can grow up to seven feet long. The beast has been said to overturn small boats and eat the unsuspecting fishermen inside. A Dobhar-Chu might be hard to spot in the water, but it is easy to hear: it emits a loud shriek that sounds like a young woman as it closes in on its victims.

Half-Dog and half-fish, this monster had its last reported sighting in 2003, but its legacy continues in Irish folklore and in the enthusiasm of cryptid hunters everywhere.
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WitchOfCrimsonFire Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
makes me think about a great white.
ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
That's really cool looking!
fujoshi-sama801 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I believe in creatures unknown to science, but this is beyond anything I've ever heard of... It's BEAUTIFUL!
tchokun Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
impressiv! you are skilled :)
MammothOner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm lovin' the creativity you put into your creatures. Great work!
Rahnal Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this take on it. Whoever is pulling that fishing line is in for a treat. As in being the treat.

The blend of characteristics is superb. I can't tell if it's more fish or aquatic mammal.
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you! i love blending families, and even orders of animals to create completely news ones! :3
cheddarofallcheese Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Its like a super mega awesome version of Nessie :D
Dinogrrrll Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Fantastic!! Truly magnificent creature design- love it!!
Jackalope841 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Very interesting version of this water monster, I especially like the anglerfish lure on the jaw and the feathery-looking fins.
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