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The story of Morgawr - Nessie's Cornish cousin

Posted on Monday, 4 May, 2020 | Comment icon 14 comments

Could there be a mystery creature lurking in Falmouth Bay ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Tim Green
There have been sightings of a snake-like sea monster off the coast of Southern England for over 100 years.
The Loch Ness Monster - Scotland's world-famous lake monster - needs no introduction, but it is by no means the only monster legend to have originated in the UK.

Another well known example is Morgawr - a creature said to lurk near Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.

Described as a 20ft-long, dark-colored serpent-like beast, this mysterious denizen has been sighted numerous times over the last century and - like Nessie - has become a staple of the local folklore.

The earliest recorded sighting of the creature was in 1876 when two fisherman who were overhauling their crab pots in Gerrans Bay discovered a large serpent coiled around one of their floats.

A similar creature - which was estimated to be 20ft long - was caught in Falmouth Bay by two fishermen in 1926, however it ultimately managed to escape, tearing their nets as it went.

The legend of Morgwar would go on to gain a certain degree of notoriety in 1976 when researcher Tony 'Doc' Shiels produced a hoaxed image of the creature attributed to "Mary F", however despite this, further sightings of the monster have continued to be reported.
In May 2002, two fishermen aboard different boats independently reported seeing a large creature in the same stretch of water in the same week.

"I said to the fisheries officer that there was something a bit weird in the water and as we got a bit closer I saw this huge head," said Dan Matthew of Cornwall Sea Fisheries.

"As we got within 100 yards its neck was completely out of the water but when it saw us coming its neck fell from a vertical position and made quite a big splash. It was grey/black in color."

"I've boated in the Fal for many years and I've never seen anything like this."

"I've seen lots of dolphins and whales but it wasn't either of those."

As things stand however, no conclusive evidence of the creature's existence has ever been found.

Source: Cornwall Live | Comments (14)

Tags: Sea Monster, Morgawr

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ultimatium on 16 May, 2020, 4:52
I was mostly thinking some footage, such as video recordings and what not.
Comment icon #6 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 21 May, 2020, 21:22
Interesting. Repeating sightings in one area from local fishermen. There is something strange happening. A couple of beasties around the UK.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ultimatium on 23 May, 2020, 14:09
Well, sightings like that has been reported for ages. I just found this particular video filmed by a couple of fishermen in lake champlain. It's been verified as genuine, so im not sure what it is.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by keithisco on 23 May, 2020, 17:07
Probably and Oarfish (also known as a Ribbon fish)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ultimatium on 29 May, 2020, 5:23
It's probably not an oarfish, since there are no oarfish in lake champlain as far as i know.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Gilbert Syndrome on 1 June, 2020, 12:46
I'd go out on a limb and say that a fish that actually exists, though not documented in that lake, is a far more realistic solution than a fish/serpent that does not actually exist anywhere on earth. "Champ" is merely yet another confused legend that varies from person to person, like all other legends. Inconsistency is not usually notable for being evidence of reality. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by openozy on 4 June, 2020, 11:20
It shows how sceptical the general public is, making out these fishermen were not the usual "crackpot" people that see something unusual.The truth is they are discovering new species all the time.
Comment icon #12 Posted by the13bats on 5 June, 2020, 21:20
Very cool video, its something and something odd but what? I used to fish and be into lakes here ( florida ) i was also into the aquarium hobby, and i would guess for every native species we have there are 10-15 perhaps more nonindigenous creatures, countless exotics released from home aquariums grow huge, Some of this species grow several feet and look very otherworldly to folks who do not know of them, ive had 5 ft gator gar wanna take me out, and knew where a large clown knife lived and it would take food from my hand. ^^^ this pretty much sums up lake monsters to me.
Comment icon #13 Posted by the13bats on 5 June, 2020, 23:59
So im lazy to go hunting wt...h is that is this video, somewhere someone must have did a looky. Its not like the tattered tailed manatees monsterquest called unknown monsters in fl.    
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mr.United_Nations on 29 June, 2020, 8:13
I'd say whale shark or whale

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