Unknown FRESHWATER MONSTER depicted on
rock carvings in Scotland.
Physical description: An animal with characteristics
resembling both a swimming elephant
and a dolphin. Elongated beak or trunk. The
head has a crest that may be a stylized way to
show a porpoise spouting. Flippers. Tail has a
Distribution: Rodney’s Stone, at Dyke, in
Moray; Brough of Birsay in the Orkney Islands;
the Dunfallandy Stone, in Perth and Kinross;
the Maiden Stone, near Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire;
Port Elphinstone Henge, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire;
the Rhynie Pict Stones, Aberdeenshire;
Significant sightings: The Picts were wild
tribes that lived in Scotland during Roman
times. They carved about fifty different types of
symbols into rough stone and rocky outcrops,
many dating from the sixth century and earlier.
One of these symbols is the Pictish beast.
(1) A Dolphin (Family Delphinidae) or
Porpoise (Family Phocoenidae), based on the
shape of its head and a stylized spout.
However, it has legs and a tail without flukes.
(2) A swimming elephant, based on the
(3) A Celtic KELPIE or WATER HORSE,
suggested by Elizabeth Sutherland.