It’s been a while since I posted one of these. This is a creature straight out of Zulu legend. Thanks to Chris for suggesting I check out African mythology 😉
The inkanyamba is a monster specific to a single place: Howick Falls, South Africa. It appears only during the summer months, and causes rain storms, waterspouts, and tornadoes when it is angry. It is said to look like an eel with a flat horse head, and is carnivorous. It may have wings or fins.
There is speculation that the legend of the inkanyamba may be reality fused with myth, as eels are found naturally in Howick Falls. The summer appearance of the inkanyamba also suggest a migration pattern.
Aboriginal cave drawings depict the inkanyamba as a ‘rain animal’ associated with the summer storms.
Related Creatures: sea serpent, lake cryptid
Region of Origin: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Howick Falls
Also, Wiswell gives us a glimpse of what the Inkanyamba does the rest of the year. It’s dedicated to all you homesick eels out there.