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The first Europeans to discover the lake were Francis Galton and Carl Johan Andersson, who during their search for Lake Ngami came upon Otjikoto Lake in 1851.
Wilson Fox to Birchenough: account of his visit with Jameson; their opinion of various officers and departments, including Survey Department; dangers of Worthington, whose "heart is not white", being left to recommend in regard to native reserves; budgetary prospects.
With a length of 4.3 metres (14 ft) and a shoulder height of 2.1 metres (6.9 ft) and with a weight of 3,900 kilograms (8,600 lb or 4.3 tons) H. gorgops was much larger than its living relative, H. amphibius. Another feature setting it apart from H. amphibius were its eyes. Modern hippos have eyes placed high on the skull, but H. gorgops took things a step further and had what could be described as short eye stalks, making it even easier for the creature to see its surroundings while (almost) fully under water.
originally posted by: OrphanApology
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
That doesn't explain the eating habits though since that one is also a herbivore to my knowledge. Unless that is embellishment on the part of the legend tellers.
Unless it was just maiming/killing in self defense.
It's certainly plausible and it would fit the description.
A killer crocodile that terrorised and tormented Ugandan villagers has finally been caught - and it's believed to be the biggest crocodile in the world. The crocodile, which weighs a tonne, is believed to have killed and eaten at least four fisherman along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kakira village in the Jinja district of eastern Uganda and maimed several others, reports the Metro.
According to the Metro, the crocodile, believed to be 80 years old, was transferred to the Murchison Falls National Park. The one tonne croc is only 47 kgs less than the former world's heaviest crocodile known as Lolong, reports New Vision. Lolong was a 21ft, one-tonne saltwater crocodile from Philippines. It died on February 10, 2013 at the age of 50.
originally posted by: stormcell
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
Here's a possible explanation. The largest crocodile found in Lake Kariba
It would certainly explain the danger of letting your shadow fall onto the water. This critter could probably feel the vibrations of footsteps and the change in light.
for William Kennelly, a British South Africa Company Collector, encountered notions of a similar creature in May 1900 when he visited Lake Chilengwa, a . . . "sunken lake" eight miles east of Chiwala's village (modern Ndola). The Africans accompanying him were said to have "a superstitious horror of the place, and did all they could to dissuade Mr. Kennelly from going down to the water," some 30 yards below its rim, "assuring him that there was a large snake there" (Chesnaye 1901:48).
Chilengwa, chiLamba for "a thing created (by God)," is said to be linked by an underground passage to Lake Kashiba, some 80 miles to the southwest (Doke 1975:124-25).
Nsanguni, on the other hand, was the name given to the fabulous Luanshya River snake which was held responsible for the floodings and deaths during the early development work at Roan Antelope Mine (Doke 1927:324; Spearpoint 1937:3-8).
The Luanshya Snake finally left the mine in 1928 . . . Just where it went it not clear, though Lake Kashiba is frequently mentioned. Readers may recall that a subterranean channel supposedly links Lakes Kashiba and Chilengwa, and that Kennelly was warned of the Chilengwa snake in 1900 (Chesnaye 1901:48). A similar "snake monster" is said to dwell in Chilengwa's neighboring lake, Lake Ishiku, which is also said to have an underground link to Lake Chilengwa (Dobney 1964:25-26).
And finally, there is Dobney's more ominous but better informed account of Kashiba's "Ichitapa monster": It is said that if a man stands on the rocks by the lakes' edge with his shadow falling on the water, the Ichitapa will swim up and swallow the shadow. The man will either become paralyzed or will fall into the lake and drown. If one's shadow is eaten then death is inevitable, say the local tribesmen (Dobney 1964:25).
Smith and Dale (1920,ii:129) call a similar Tonga being Maloa, and liken it to the Lozi's Lengolengole, which King Lewanika once saw as a hippo-sized creature with a the tail of an iguana. Brelsford (1936:60) . . . But his account of this and other large, horned creatures like the chipekwe, or "water rhino" clearly betrays an older tradition of European speculation which long populated the remoter parts of Northern Rhodesia with relic dinosaurs (Lechter 1911:159-62; Stephenson 1937:210-12; Doke 1931:352; Smith & Dale 1920,ii:129).