Creature in the Waves


TaniwhaNew Zealand

Beings that reside among dangerous currents, may be guardians or predators.

  • They live in deep pools, hiding out in rivers, dark caves or, the deepest of all pools…the sea! They like being in dangerous currents or giant waves!
  • Good? Bad? Both? They’re considered kaitiaki, or protective guardians, of people and places in some legends. However, if told through other legends, they’re depicted as monsters who steal/kidnap women to marry.
  • Taniwha loosely translates to shark species of the Proto-Oceanic word, “tanifa.”
  • So, shark species means it probably looks like a fish of some sort, right? Right! Depending on the body of water. It’s beensaid there are some taniwha that appear to be alligators. There are a few legends which describe the taniwha as a log.
  • If someone comes across a taniwha, they might turn into one after they pass.

2 thoughts on “Creature in the Waves

  1. Graham May 15, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    Whoa! Glad the water is too cold to swim in right now…

  2. gpavants May 27, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    Wild, HR. I don’t want to meet one. Are you sharing a fantasy book and your character bios are part of that?

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