In The Monsters of Loch Ness by Roy P Mackal (1976 Futura
Teige O’Donovan reporting sightings going back to 1914 from Lough Abisdealy (which translated means the lake of the monster). The descriptions of the creature were that it had a small flat head , along neck and three large loops sticking out of the water. Size was estimated at 25 feet( 8 metres) and the creature was dark brown. Interestingly one of the observers said the creature swung a portion of it’s body out of the water and described it as “looking exactly like the tail end of a huge conger eel”.
Lough Fadda has been discussed on here before.
There was strange sighting at Lough Claddaghduff by a Mr. Michael Coyne in 1956 who reported seeing a creature like looked like a large eel with ten feet showing as it turned over to display it’s lighter underbelly.
There was the story of the large eel stuck in a gully between Loughs Gowlan and Derrylesa from 100 years ago , which died.
In Lough Neagh in 1956 fishermen reported their nets damaged “by a thing like a giant eel”
You may wonder how this was connected to Loch Ness. There were stories that Roy Mackal mentions(p68) from older residents of Loch Ness that claimed eels of 10 feet(3 metres) to 16 feet( 5 metres) long had been caught in the loch years ago. I also heard the same stories from an elderly fisherman in 1972. He said when the eel fishing had been at it’s peak many years ago ,very large eels had been caught . I have been unable to substantiate this but I have seen it mentioned in other books about the
I am not so well today so apologies for any spelling mistakes or woolly thinking.
Hope you feel better soon , just wanted to say that I really love this blog and read it with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake every afternoon. Thanks a lot please keep it up.
Im off up to Loch Ness in March i'll keep my camera at the ready and you can have first dibs on any pics!
Thank you Simon. That is so kind of you to say so.
Good luck at the Loch. It will still be cold up there and may snow so wrap up warm.It should be easier to view the Loch as the trees will still be bare. I will be thinking about you.
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