At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

THE DREADED TAWAGA

Should you happen to be in Nevada and in monster-hunting mood, I can assure you that you may well find your quarry in Walker Lake.  The Paiute Indians knew all about this creature, or, rather, creatures, for they maintained a pair of them dwelt in its waters.  It first seems to have been observed by white settlers in 1868.  Speculation is that there is only a single monster, dwelling in caves by night.  The idea of the Paiutes, who call the beast Tawaga, seems to me much more sensible.  A single specimen, for all the legends to accrue to it, would need to have been living there from time immemorial, if not further back.  A pair, on the other hand, could generate more tawagas, the number rarely exceeding two provided that the stronger devoured the weaker.

This monster has been given the nickname Cecil, which strikes me as a slightly effete name for a monster.  Although I describe it as dreaded, I know of no records of attacks on humans.  It's just that monsters tend to be dreaded.

Walker Lake, Nevada

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