The discovery of a huge bone in eastern Victoria could prove the existence of a man-eating mythical creature.
The Bunyip is an amphibious creature described as part crocodile and part bird which lived in swamps and creeks, in Victoria.
A fragment of a leg bone was discovered on the bank of Lake Colongulac in south-western Victoria in July 1845 sparking speculation that is belonged to the fabled beast.
The bone was not decayed, suggesting the animal had died recently, with the diameter of the knee joint reaching more than 20 centimetres.
Many thought the bone was from a dinosaur, though it is still unknown what species the enormous bone came from.
Indigenous Australians have handed down tales of horrific encounters with Bunyip through the ages.
An artist’s depiction of a Bunyip attacking a man in a swamp from the archives of the State Library of Victoria
An indigenous man who claimed to have seen a Bunyip in Victoria drew this image of the beast which was published in The Geelong Advertiser
While their have also been potential sightings in swamps and rumours of Bunyip skeleton, which has never been found.
An image of a Bunyip drawn by an indigenous man who claimed to have seen one in Victoria was originally published in The Geelong Advertiser, and shows the immense size of the fabled beast.
An artist’s depiction of the Bunyip in the archives of the State Library of Victoria shows the fearsome animal rising out of a swamp with a human man clamped between its razor sharp jaws.
Bunyips have been described as having ‘a head resembling an emu with a long bill at the extremity of which is a transverse projection on each side, with serrated edges like the bone of the stingray.’
They are reported to reach a standing height of four metres, be agile in both land and water and kill their prey by squeezing.
Descriptions of a Bunyip have painted the animal as having thick fur with big jaws and a head like a dog, while others described it as slick like a giant squid.
Descriptions of a Bunyip have ranged from an animal that is part crocodile and part bird, to a creature that is smooth and silky like a squid
Eerie alleged encounters with a Bunyip were also reported into New South Wales, where a skull thought to be from a Bunyip was found in Murrumbidgee in 1846.
It was displayed in the Sydney Museum where it was suggested to be from a deformed cow or platypus.
No proof that a Bunyip exists has ever been found, though mythological stories have kept enthusiasts captivated for generations.
Tales of encounters with Bunyips have been shared, but no proof of existence has been found, with large bones found in various swamplands (pictured) said to belong to a Bunyip