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WATER HORSE

Reports of lake monsters with long necks, horse-like heads, and humped backs are widespread and common from such places as Loch Ness in Scotland, and Lake Champlain in North America. The traditional theory is that these creatures are relict plesiosaurs, but this has been challenged in recent years by new discoveries about plesiosaur anatomy. Plesiosaur's necks were stiff, and could not be held in the periscope-like position reported from the sightings, and seen in photographs like the Mansi photo of the Lake Champlain "monster". Furthermore, land sightings that attribute the animals with legs and hair rule out plesiosaurs entirely. Instead, most cryptozoologists now suggest that these creatures are mammals, perhaps related to cetaceans or pinnipeds.

First Documented: 1933
Classification: Placental Mammal?
Size: 20 - 40 ft long.
Diet: Carnivorous.
Location: Europe and eastern North America.
Locomotion: Swimming.
Environment: Glacier Lakes (Possibly ocean).
Social unit: Solitary.
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Vandal17 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
The only two things science can determine about bones are:
1.) How it's bones look
2.) It freakin died
It's funny how scientists make "facts" based on bones. For all we know some dinosaurs were mammals, amphibians, or similar creatures to the platypus, mammal who lays eggs. Another possible idea is dinosaurs could have breathed fire. I mean if the bombardier beetle can, why can't a creature with mysterious hollow chambers in its skulls? Brings a whole new idea to the legends of fire breathing dragons. After all the word dinosaur was created in the 1800s after fossil finds. Until then all they had for terrifying giant reptiles was dragon. Amazing work Mr. Morlock.
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Birdsona Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not true. There are a lot we can get from bones. Of course, the accuracy of the statements are controversial, but we can guess the animal's age, how they died, their sex, their diet...depends on how many of the bones you have, though. 
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Vandal17 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'll have to disagree with you, but in the end it doesn't matter in the grand spectrum of eternity. You gotta admit that my points can be somewhat reasonable.
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Birdsona Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're talking things we know for sure, then yes. But it's incredible, the things we can figure out. But who knows, we may be wrong in the long-run. We don't know anything for a fact when it comes to these things.
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Vandal17 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'm talking about the fire breathing part. All legends have 1% originating truth in them before they're exaggerated.
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Birdsona Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Agreed.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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RoverJohn2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Since there have been reports on land I say they're pinnipeds and monotremes.

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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Would these creatures be extremely shy and skiddish?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Student General Artist
I suppose so.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
The proper name of the creature is the Long.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Isn't Long a Chinese dragon?
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Yes.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I don't think this is the same thing then.
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:iconguyverman:
Guyverman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Not this, the Long.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm not sure what you're saying.
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DinoMarioZilla Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nessie as a pinniped, love that idea
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Student General Artist
More like an artiodactyl stem-whale, but yeah.
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cyborg450 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student
Have you done the jersey devil yet?
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student General Artist
No. I haven't really been doing cryptids.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Would these animals be extremely shy?
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
I guess so.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Also what classification would you settle with for this animal?
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Something related to artiodactyls and cetaceans.
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G0j1r4 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
I like how you described it as a mammal and not a plesiosaur.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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arblos Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2014
My take on Nessie is something that evolved from a plesiosaur (which could have changed the neck structure) or something that resembles a plesiosaur via convergent evolution.  If the second one is right, then it sure as well could be this.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
The resemblance to a plesiosaur is actually pretty superficial. Plesiosaurs were bottom-feeders with stiff necks.
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DrRichoften Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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DrRichoften Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's more reptilian than mammal jsut so you know.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Not really... It has hair and stuff.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is Interesting and Very cool :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks again. :)
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome:)
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very refreshing to see something other than a generic plesiosaur or giant salamander! Gret work on this!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you. :)
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8bitAviation Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
you should write a book on cryptozoology with these illustraions!
also, do you think that it would have been able to walk on land with those feet? because I heard that one of the first sightings it went out of the water and walked in front of a car.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I had that sighting in mind when I drew this.

A book would be neat. I'd have to be in the right moo, though.
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8bitAviation Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
ok
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95ACgrfs1228 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Interesting take on the Loch Ness Monster and many others...
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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95ACgrfs1228 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem....

Never thought I'd see a take on these lake monsters as mammals though...

My take (on the lake monster battle pic) is a bit more of a semi-aquatic, highly-evolved reptile...

Still, this is a really interesting take. And I mean it.
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Good to see more cryptid art from you!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it.
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CloudedQuagga Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Awesome!
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Photographer
Nice Textures!
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Photographer
No problem! :D
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