The Dobhar Chú is a vicious “water dog” from Ireland. It is said to resemble a dog or otter, but bigger than either. It lunges out of the water to snatch victims, then mauls them. (Similar to the Ahuitzotl! Don’t you love it when cultures on opposite sides of the world come up with the same stories?) Unlike the Ahuitzotl, however, the Dobhar Chú has flippers instead monkey hands, and it has fur with protective properties. I’ve painted him with little claws at the end of his flippers. While I was working on this, I kept thinking he looked like the Groundskeeper Willie of mythical beasts.

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