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Hollywood tough guy and zombie slayer Ving Rhames has reportedly encountered a mysterious creature under the Australian waters while out snorkeling near Queensland. According to the report:

[it] left him freaked out – because he could not identify what the “prehistoric”-looking monster was. He tells WENN, “Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef I saw something I don’t know what it was to this day. My mind couldn’t relate to what it was… If I saw it and knew it was a shark I wouldn’t be as afraid but I saw something that looked prehistoric and I haven’t been snorkeling since. It was a combination of a catfish and something with a large oblongish-type head. It came towards me and I froze and it just went away. I haven’t done any scuba diving since either.”

ving-rhamesI’m sure that Mr. Rhames might have encountered a creature that was unknown…to him. Then, as I’m sitting here drinking my coffee procrastinating starting my work-day I vaguely remember that there was some creature in Australia, some crytpid that has been around for quite sometime. Lurking in the ponds, lakes, rivers in the Australian outback. The Bunyip is a creature that has been around Australian folklore for centuries. Wikipedia has this description:

The bunyip or kianpraty[1] is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia.[2][3][4] However, the bunyip appears to have formed part of traditional Aboriginal beliefs and stories throughout Australia, although its name varied according to tribal nomenclature.[5] In his 2001 book, writer Robert Holden identified at least nine regional variations for the creature known as the bunyip, across Aboriginal Australia.[4] Various written accounts of bunyips were made by Europeans in the early and mid nineteenth century, as settlement spread across Australia.

The descriptions of this creature include having a dog-like face, dark fur, a horse-like tail, flippers, and walrus-like tusks or horns or a duck like bill. I’m sure that anyone that would come across such atrocity while swimming would automatically know that this creature…is an unknown.


In the world of Cryptozoology –and the paranormal for that matter– writers and investigators quickly come to realize that we cannot just ruthlessly jettison some person’s claim of having encountered a mysterious creature or force. We have to remain open to the possibilities right?

In the case of Mr. Ving Rhames, I think that maybe he could have come in close contact with a large shark/whale that he is not familiar with. Even possibly a Coelacanth. I highly doubt that such a creature as the Bunyip exists, but you can never bee to sure with Mother Nature.  The only thing that I can be sure of is that most eyewitnesses cannot correctly identify animals that are exotic to them and that Hollywood has a knack for creating a buzz when a new movie is about to be released.


Starring  Adam Scott, Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook, Richard Dreyfuss, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Eli Roth…

  • 2iggy

    “Naah…I’m pretty far from f*kin O.K.”

  • David

    Sounds like it might have been a dugong. Frequently found in Queensland waters and definitely has a “large oblongish-type head”.
    Most of the Bunyips I know prefer fresh water. Salt water hurts their eyes. 🙂

  • DonBondo

    Yea, it’s likely that it was something that HE wasn’t familiar with.

  • elhombre

    I’m with david on this one.
    Dugongs also have been mistaken as mermaids, albeit very ugly mermaids in my opinion.

  • people are stupid

  • Jon

    Wouldn’t have been a Wobbegong Shark eh? Just thinking, I know they look kind of prehistoric and a bit weird.