|The Film The Water Horse that premiered last week in the USA , is a tale about a little boy who takes home an enchanted egg and suddenly finds himself face to face with the mythical Nessie, the famous monster of Scotland”s Loch Ness. It seems that sea and lake monsters appear with regularity in myths and legends of the Celtic Countries.Ireland has two lake monsters of note, a recent discovery in Muckross Lake in Killarney, Co. Kerry. and one in Lough Ree on the River Shannon in the County of Westmeath.|
The monster in Lough Ree has been there for a while. A passage from the life of St. Mochua of Balla tells of a hunting party refusing to pursue a stag that had fled to an island on account of “a horrible monster that infested the lake, and was accustomed to destroy swimmers.” One hunter decided to chance a swim and arrived on the island without incident, but “as he was returning the beast devoured him.!!
Cornwall has in the ancient language of Cornwall, the name MORGAWR, meaning ”Sea Giant”, describes an enormous marine monster which lives in the waters of Falmouth Bay. A lake monster from Welsh mythology, the Afanc can also be traced through references in British and Celtic folklore .Sometimes described as taking the form of a crocodile, giant beaver or dwarf, it is also said to be a demonic creature. The Afanc was said to attack and devour anyone who entered its waters.The Afanc has been variously known as the Addanc, Adanc, Addane, Avanc, Abhac and Abac. Several sites in Wales lay claim to its domain, among them Llyn Llion, Llyn Barfog ad Llyn-yr-Afanc (the Afanc Pool), a lake in Bews-y-Coed. I was unable to find any Lake or Sea monsters in Brittany, So if you know of any please let us know.