Monster Monday: Abaia!

Abaia, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Abaia, © 2015 Liz Vitale

In Melanesia — the archipelagos of New Guinea, the Torres Strait Islands, the Admiralty Islands, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu— there is the belief in a great eel, the Abaia, who dwells at the bottom of freshwater lakes. The Abaia is said to consider all creatures in the lake its children and guards and protects them with fierce loyalty and ferocity against anyone who would harm or disturb them. Those who are foolish enough to try to catch the fish from a lake in which the Abaia lives are immediately swept away by a large wave caused by the thrashing of the Abaia’s powerful tail.

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