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A illustration of the auli. Notice how it looks similar to the appearance of a manatee.

The auliaila, or ia-bahr-tedcha is a cryptid sirenian reported from Lake Tana in Ethiopia, tributaries of the Mereb Wenz in Eritrea, and Lake Chad, the Dagana Marshes, and the Ounianga Lakes in Chad.[1][2]


The auli is described as the size of a sheep. When it comes onto land, it drags its hind feet like a seal.[1]


circa 1900 or 1901[]

While travelling Chad's Dagana Marshes with a party of local fishermen, Auguste Morel's boat was almost capsized by a large animal which left an enormous wake. Morel found a large area of crushed reeds nearby, but no tracks.[1]


George Eberhart suggests that an extended range of the West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is possible in Chad, but less likely in Ethiopia. Its presence in Lake Chad has been long suspected, but never confirmed. Alternatively, it could be an unknown species of manatee or freshwater dugong, descended from fossil forms known from Egypt.[1]

Writing in 1882, the assistant editor of Popular Science Monthly, William Henry Larrabee, wrote that manatees are known to live "in Lake Tchad; in the East African Lake Shirwa; and in the Tana Sea, in Abyssinia".[3]

Similar cryptids[]

Another African cryptid reminiscent of a manatee is the ambize.

Notes and references[]

  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 1-57607-283-5
  2. ↑ Heuvelmans, Bernard (1978) Les Derniers Dragons d'Afrique, Plon, ISBN 978-2259003872
  3. ↑ Larrabee, W. H. "The Sirens of the Sea," Popular Science Monthly 60 (March 1882)