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10 Lake Monsters That Arenít Just Nessie Rip-Offs

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« on: March 05, 2016, 05:51:42 pm »

4 Grootslang

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Like something out of a B movie, the grootslang is a serpent with the head of an elephant that slithers through darkest Africa. This is not exactly a lake monster because it’s said to live primarily in the Wonder Hole—a sea cave that stretches 65 kilometers (40 mi) inland—as well as in some of the lakes and rivers surrounding it. The grootslang is a natural enemy of child slavery as it automatically protects the diamond-stuffed Wonder Hole from greedy human hands and eyes.

The danger of the Wonder Hole may be intrinsic to the nature of an oversize sea cave lined with raw diamonds. But the legend has been kept alive by disappearances of and attacks on explorers in the area. For example, Peter Grayson disappeared without a trace in 1917 on an expedition into the Wonder Hole.

Other stories of the grootslang might be exaggerated sightings of pythons and monitor lizards. This seems to be especially plausible because the birth of this legend coincides with white Afrikaners doing their best to survive in “untamed” lands populated by animals that had previously seemed unimaginable.
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