What is a Water-Horse?

 

Dear Sara –

What is a water-horse?

– Be well,
Toby G.

Water horse, kelpie, scottish folklore

Dear Toby –

Water Horse was originally another name for the kelpie, a lake creature in Scottish folklore that has the head, neck and mane of a horse, but webbed feet and a whale-like tail. However, it is believed that the Water Horse frequents lochs, or lakes, while kelpies prefer more active bodies of water, like rivers and waterfalls. Additionally, the Water Horse, despite its name, is actually less equine in appearance, with a seal-like head, a giraffe-like neck and two sets of flippers. The Water Horse is also a term applied to creatures outside of Scotland, like Ogopogo of the Canadian Lake Okanagan and Champ of Lake Champlain, which straddles the U.S./Canadian border. The Loch Ness monster, or Nessie, is generally believed to be a Water Horse.

-Sara Bellum

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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.