Features: Deadly shape-shifting water pony
Source: Irish Folklore
Habitat: Near freshwater lakes, streams and rivers
The Kelpie often appears with its mane dripping with water, standing near a freshwater stream, river or lake.
It resembles a beautiful pony with either a white or grayish black coat.
It can be identified by pieces of seaweed caught and tangled in its long, dripping wet mane.
Passersby would come across this seemingly tame pony and quickly be lured and tempted to mount it.
The riders would then find themselves magically stuck to its back. Once mounted, the deadly pony would dive into the deepest waters and drown the unfortunate passengers.
It was also capable of shape-shifting and assuming a human form to seduce a human lover.
Its shape-shifting powers are said to be contained in its magical bridle.
If captured, this deadly water pony was said to have the strength of up to ten regular horses.
This mythical horse was also known to warn against upcoming storms by wailing and howling.
In 2013, two 30-metre-high sculptures named The Kelpies were opened to the public. These sculptures of a horse’s head are built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding and weigh 300 tonnes each.
They stand next to the extension of the Forth and Clyde Canal which opened in 1790 and crosses central Scotland.
Seagoing vessels utilize this route to travel between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. The canal runs from the River Carron to the River Clyde.