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· Unknown turtle
The Moha Moha was an aquatic cryptid reported to inhabit the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. The only known witness was a school marm from Sandy Cape named Miss S. Lovell, who allegedly stood within five feet of the creature on Great Sandy Island in 1890.
The Moha Moha resembles a large, long-necked turtle with a long, fish-like tail. The head and neck are greenish-white, with large white spots on the neck and a band of white around its eyes. The body is dome-shaped, about 8 feet across and 5 feet high, smooth, and slate-grey in color. Miss Lovell also mentioned that its scales were perpendicular to the axis of its body,
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species of turtle (a Cryptid)
- A hoax
- Some writers who have bothered with the tale wonder if Miss Lovell even existed, or if the letters were the product of some anonymous hoaxer.
- Cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans once noted that scales perpendicular to the axis of an animal's body are a physical impossibility.
- Allegedly, William Saville Kent, assistant curator of the London Natural History Museum, gave the creature the scientific name Chelosauria lovelli.
- To this day, most cryptozoologist consider this cryptid to have been a hoax.
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