- Eastern European (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Troublesome (behaviour)
The strange creature from Black Lake in Estonia. No matter how many fishermen fished there and no matter how many fish were put into the lake, no one could catch any fish and instead they hauled up nothing more then rotten logs. After many years, the villagers decided to get together and scrape the bottom of the entire lake with a huge sturdy net. When they did this they dug up a giant creature that was part fish but part hairy. But then the waters began to rise and become violent. Fearing for their lives, they released the creature into the lake as it was weighing them down. As soon as the beast was submerged, the water became calm. No one has fished at that lake since.
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