Auli Coudray

Reconstruction of the auli by Philippe Coudray.

Other names: Aila, Ia-bahr-tedcha
Country reported: Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia

The auli is a cryptid sirenian reported from Lake T'ana 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 1901Edit

Whilst 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 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]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. Heuvelmans, Bernard (1978) Les derniers dragons d'Afrique