Makara Sea Monster
The Sanskrit word makara can refer to the crocodile. The word makara also means monster in the sense of neither one thing nor another. Makara is a sea-creature in Hindu culture. It’s generally depicted as half animal at the front (usually an elephant)and half aquatic animal in the rear. Makara are considered guardians of gateways and are the most commonly recurring creature in Hindu and Buddhist temple iconography.
Some believe the legend of the Makara may be based in fact, and that the Trunko monster and Makara are the same thing. Some ancient renditions of Makara do tend to resemble the prehistoric mammal Ambulocetus, or walking whale.
On November 1st 1922, at Margate Beach in South Africa, an amazing spectacle took place. Witnesses say that two whales were engaged in battle with a sea monster. The monster had very unique feature including snowy-white fur and a very large elephant-like trunk. The battle lasted 3 hours before the monster weakened and the whales were victorious. It's dead body later washed onto the shore. Measurements taken show that it was over 47 feet, including a 10 foot tail. It had 8-inch long fur, but no apparent head. It only had a trunk-like projection 5 feet in length. That is why the creature has been given the name "Trunko." The body was said to have been buried but no one knows where.
So could Trunko be the embodiment of the Makara or is the Makara in reality a crocodile or just a myth?
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