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What's More Terrifying Than Australian Snakes And Spiders Combined? This Thing

NOVEMBER 23, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

Australia never runs short on creepy creatures that want to kill you. All it takes is a simple Google search of Australia to permanently sear horrifying images into your mind. But how would you react if I told you that there might be something even worse than snakes or spiders waiting for you Down Under?

Get ready to meet the Bunyip.

The Bunyip is a mythological Australian cryptid that lurks in shallow bodies of water to wait for fresh victims, according to Aboriginal mythology.

Translated from an Aboriginal language, bunyip means "devil" or "evil spirit."

Stories about the Bunyip can be found in folklore across the entire continent.

While many of these stories differ when it comes to specifics, they each tell a similar tale of something large and dangerous lurking in the water.

When European settlers first arrived in Australia, they all reported running into the infamous Bunyip.

Most settlers' stories from this time tell of colonists hearing unfamiliar animal sounds in the night. In 1847, when the Australian Museum received the skull of an unknown creature, it was quickly attributed to the Bunyip. This discovery set off a wave of speculation.

Here is a sketch of the skull in question.

(via Wikipedia)

Is the Bunyip fact or fiction? Honestly, I'm already terrified of Australia as it is without adding this thing to the mix.