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Water Horse by TheMorlock Water Horse by TheMorlock
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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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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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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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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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks again. :)
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