Lock Morar's Monster Morag

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The first sighting of the Loch Morar creature was in 1887.  Since then there have been no less than 35 reported “encounters” with this animal (if we believe them).  The best has been described as being about 20 feet long, and serpent like in appearance.  The loch monster was named Morag, and never did get the fame that the Loch Ness monster got. 

In 1969 a dramatic encounter was said to have taken place between the Morag and 2 men.  Duncan McDonnel and his companion, William Simpson were in a speed boat when they struck something.  To their surprise, it struck back.  At this point Duncan apparently tried to hit the monster with an oar, and William opened fire with a rifle.  At that point the creature vanished.  They did claim to not only see its body, which was long and scaly, but also its head which it raised 18 inches above the water.  Of course there are no photographs of the event, much less any YouTube footage.

Loch Morar

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Loch Morar is a fresh water “lake” in Highland, Scotland.  It is extremely deep, and at over 1,100 feet deep, it is the deepest loch in the British Isles.  A loch being the Scottish name for Lake.  It is 12 miles long and has five islands, and very steep sides, much of the loch is unreachable by road. 

Explanation

There are several possible explanations for the sightings of loch monsters such as the Lock Ness moster and the Lock Morar Monster, Morag.  The most obvious is that they are made up. 

It is remotely possible that the animal is a distant relative of prehistoric animals and are surviving on fish and vegetation within the lake.

Another theory, again holds the monster as very real, connects it with the more famous Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.  In this theory, there is a deep passage connecting the two lochs and the creature can swim between them.

Another theory involves the fact that lochs are tidal in nature.  On certain times of the day, when the moon is aligned correctly (the moon influences the tides) a ripple on the surface of the long lock would appear to be the back and humps of a live, swimming, animal.  

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