Description of Bunyip
1845 Discovery and Report of Historical AttacksThe 1845 skull discovery led to some locals providing historical reports of bunyip attacks. Including one where a woman was killed by the creature and a man who claimed to have survived an attack, suffering chest wounds from its claws. He described it as a cross between a bird and an alligator with a long jagged bill and an alligator like body. It was said to crush its victims and swam like a frog in water but walked on its two back legs on land, being about 12 feet high when doing so. Interesting that it sounds a bit like a description of a dinosaur, as much as anything.
1853 William Buckley Reports Seeing BunyipsWilliam Buckley was an escaped convict who spent his time on the run with the Wathaurong people, who lived in the region around Lake Modewarre. He reported seeing a remarkable aquatic animal with grey feathers and about the size of a calf. He also reported it could be found in the Barwon River and that it had killed. Buckley also attributed magical or supernatural abilities to the bunyip.