Everyone has heard of the Loch Ness monster and the list of people claiming to have seen it just as their smartphone batteries ran out gets longer every day. On the other hand, few know that there’s another monster allegedly lurking in a loch. If you’re someone who has witnessed Morag, the Loch Morar Monster, a film company is looking to make you a star … or at least famous among your friends
Loch Morar, 70 miles from Loch Ness, is the fifth-largest loch in Scotland and, with a depth of 310 meters (1,017 feet), the deepest freshwater body in Great Britain. While the area has been inhabited since at least the 12th century, the first recorded sighting of a Morar monster was in 1887. Texts at the University of Edinburgh library written by folklore collector Alexander Carmichael give accounts from late 19th century witnesses:
There is a creature in Loch Morar and she is called Morag. She is never seen save when one of the hereditary people of the place dies. The Morag is peculiar to Loch Morar. She is seen in broad daylight and by many persons, including church persons. She appears in a black heap or ball slowing and deliberately rising in the water and moving along like a boat water-logged. The Morag is much disliked and is called by many uncomplimentary terms.
There were 31 sightings by 1981, including nine people on a boat in 1948 who claimed they saw “peculiar, serpent-like creature about 20 feet long.” In 1969, Duncan McDonnel and William Simpson claimed they hit Morag with their speedboat, describing it as a brown creature with three humps and a head a foot wide that was 20 inches above the water. In 2013, Doug and Charlotte Christie claimed they it saw three times in two days and took the above photograph. The Loch Ness Investigation Bureau included Loch Morar in 1970.
CMJ Productions in Montreal is looking for Morag information for a documentary. A crew will be at Loch Morar September 25-27. “Eyewitnesses, believers, sceptics, historians” should contact researcher Elizabeth Grenier at [email protected]
If you get picked for the film, try not to use any uncomplimentary terms.