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  Columnist: Paul Dale Roberts

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Hawkesbury River Monster

Posted on Tuesday, 24 September, 2013 | 5 comments
Columnist: Paul Dale Roberts

During the time that my cousin MSG Paul Leaird was fighting the VC (Viet Cong) in the jungles of Vietnam circa 1968, the 1st Cavalry Division in which my cousin belonged to needed some refreshing R&R (Rest and Relaxation). My cousin has explored the streets of Bangkok, Thailand and now desired to see something different. Australia is only a hop, skip and a jump from Vietnam and before my cousin knew it, he was taking the flight over to New South Wales with one of his soldier buddies. According to Australian naturalist Rex Gilroy, a Katoomba-based author and head of the Australian Unknown Animals Investigation Centre, there is a monster that lives in the murky depths of Hawkesbury River in New South Wales. A monster that seems to rival the Loch Ness Monster and Ogopogo the Canadian Lake Monster.

There are hundreds and hundreds of reports of citizens sighting the Hawkesbury River Monster. My cousin Paul never saw the creature, but he once told me that one year earlier his Army buddy Terence Jacyne was fishing off the Hawkesbury River. Terence was fishing with another soldier when they saw a 35 foot creature swimming in the river. The creature was described as having a snake like head. Terence thought it looked like an aquatic dinosaur, similar to Plesiosaur. Note: The Plesiosaur has been extinct for 70 million years.

According to Gilroy, stories about the creatures in Australia date back to before the first white settlers and are a part of Aboriginal folklore. Early settlers to the area during the 1800s were told stories by Aboriginals of women and children being attacked by the moolyewonk or mirreeular, the Aboriginal names for the monster.

"Information collected so far suggests to me that the creatures are breeding somewhere offshore and laying their eggs inland. This would not be out of character, as there were both freshwater and saltwater breeds during the Cretaceous period," he said. "They are still being seen in the Hawkesbury River of course, which is not surprising because it is such a deep river. Actually it's a sunken valley."

Terence told my cousin Paul that this huge creature had a fish in its mouth and was moving its head back and forth. At one point of time the Hawkesbury River Monster seemed to actually look at Terence and his Army buddy and that frightened them to no end. Terrence told my cousin Paul, that seeing this river monster had made him a believer. A believer that anything can exist on Earth and does!

Article Copyright© Paul Dale Roberts - reproduced with permission.

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