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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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cyborg450 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student
Have you done the jersey devil yet?
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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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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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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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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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LordOfstamps 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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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 Digital Artist
wow this is Interesting and Very cool :)
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks again. :)
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital 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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beastisign Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nice Textures!
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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beastisign Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
No problem! :D
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TheComicCreator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I just realized something- how often Lake Monsters are depicted as being a color like green or blue...when that is so unlikely. Black, deep purple, or gray are much more likely :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes. Sea and lake animals are usually darker coloured.
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TheComicCreator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
On the top at least :)
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes.
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TheComicCreator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Aww :( That reminds me of something- at the Detroit Zoo, which I live relatively close to, there used to be a blind Harp seal that I loved and as soon as my drawing skills improved, I was going to do a study of him to help myself with drawing seals....he died :(
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
:(
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TheComicCreator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Yeah :( I miss Mack.
Maybe I can do Pequot instead :shrug: harp seal pup found stranded on a beach in Massachusetts.
It's good that most of our animals are rescued, but I feel so bad! :(
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DinoPlanet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dracocetacean- Love it.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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DinoPlanet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol no problem :)....I have an insane want to create an entire Order of these things now :XD: What are the odds that Nessie's the same species as Champ or the Ogopogo? They're prolly all different Genuses :lol:
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I think Nessie is the same species as Champ, but not the Ogopogo. There are enough significant differences to classify them as seperate species. Interestingly, Oriental dragons shara a lot of features in common with classic lake monsters: The camel-like head, the horns, the mane, the undulation.
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DinoPlanet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make a point. There ARE many similarities between Nessie and Champ. I was guessing the different species because of the vast distance. :shrug:
And you DO make a point there...
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