Morgawr
A Loch Ness type monster observed and photographed in
the area of Falmouth, Cornwall, England. On November 17,
1976, Morgawr was sighted by Tony ‘‘Doc’’ Shiels and David
Clarke (editor of Cornish Life magazine) in the Helford estuary
near Falmouth. A photograph taken by Clarke was reproduced
in Fortean Times (no. 22, summer 1977). Although the camera
had unfortunately jammed, resulting in a superimposition of
pictures, the general impression is of the head of a creature
similar to that photographed by Shiels (Fortean Times 19) and
some photographs taken by Shiels of the Loch Ness Monster
May 21, 1977 (best one reproduced in both Cornish Life and the
London Daily Mirror for June 9, 1977).
Serious charges of fraud have been expressed concerning
Shiels’s pictures on the grounds that he is well known in conjuring
circles as an exponent of magic simulations of psychic effects.
However, he claims to be an avid monster-hunter, and
has collected other reports of sightings of Morgawr, as well as
publishing his own photographs of the Loch Ness monster.
Two photographs of Morgawr taken by Gerry Bennett of Seworgan,
Cornwall, from Mawnan beach on January 31, 1977,
were also reproduced in Fortean Times 22, together with photographs
and reports of Mhorag, another Scottish monster of a
Loch Ness type.
Sources
Clark, Jerome. Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Phenomena.
Detroit Gale Research, 1993.