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.