|Bala Lake, Wales, from Wikipedia|
This is the reference in George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures:
Friday, 12 April 2013
new sighting of Bala Lake creaturePlease see comments for latest sightingBala Lake, in Wales, is a protected wildlife site. It is 4 miles long and is said to be 125 feet (42 metres)deep. The Welsh name is Llyn Tegid. One of it’s residents is the unique gwyniad fish, believed to have been restricted to Lake Bala from the end of the last Ice Age. The fish spends most of its life in the deep cold parts of the lake and only comes up to shallower water at night to spawn. It is not found anywhere else in the UK. The lake is also home to a creature nicknamed Teggie, said to be a dinosaur or crocodilian type aquatic animal.It has been reported since the 1920’s but the first documented report I found was in 1975.Dowie Bowen, the former lake warden, saw something strange. "I was looking out at the lake and saw this thing coming towards the shore," he says. "It was at least 8ft long, similar to a crocodile, with its front and rear ends about 4ins above the water." He rushed to the shore but found nothing.Then in 1979 I found two reports. One in the The Sunday Express. Anne Jones was gazing out on peaceful water when the surface began to foam and bubble. For a few seconds she saw what looked like a huge hump-backed beast. "I shall never forget it," said Mrs Jones. "All I saw was its huge back, and froth boiling around it."Then in the same year John Melville Rowlands, a local businessman, was fishing in the lake with his cousin. The pair saw something they described as having a large head like a football, big eyes, nearly 8 feet(2.2metres) long. It swam towards them and then disappeared within a few yards of the boat. Mr Rowlands said he wouldn’t describe it as a monster, just something very large unlike the large pike normally seen.Then I found this on the internet :My encounter with the monster took place when I was 14 in the summer of 1992. It was twilight and I was on the shingle beach of the lake, in front of the Catamaran Club, looking for flat stones to skim on the lake's calm surface. Without thinking, I suddenly turned a full 180 degrees and looked straight at the monster. The reason for my sudden turnaround was because it was looking right at me. It was about twenty metres away, it's black head and neck clear above the surface of the water. The instant I saw it, it ducked under. My first thought was that a diver was playing a hoax, swimming under the surface with a Loch ness monster head. I immediately disregarded this for two reasons. The head had ducked under the water extremely quickly - only an animal with fins or paddles could have ducked under the surface that fast. Furthermore, there were no tell-tale bubbles indicating the presence of an artificial underwater breathing system. It looked to me like a plesiosaur and I would estimate its length to be approximately twelve feet (3.66 metres). B Vickers BSc (Hons),In March 1995 Paul and Andrew Delaney, were fishing from a small boat on the lake They were visiting from London and unaware of Teggie reports. They were surprised to see a small head that appeared at the lake's surface only 80 yards( 26 metes) or so away, which then proceeded to raise itself on a long slender neck until it was about 10 feet ( 3.1 metres) above the surface before disappearing under the water. The same year by Japanese TV crew, investigated the lake and obtained a sonar trace of a very large, unidentified object moving swiftly under the water, but failed to film anything.. One windsurfer recently reported being strangely "lifted out of the water". And many boating accidents have been attributed to the beast.Some of the explanations put forward include one from the First World War. Secret military experiments were said to have been carried out with seals, which were trained to place limpet mines on their targets. Some escaped and Teggie was born. Others believe that Teggie is actually the 'Pontrhydfendigaid witch, Mari Berllan Biter' who can transform herself into all kinds of shapes and forms. Could it be some sort of seal? It certainly is the size for one and a seal can have the look of a long neck if it stretches itself to see something. The crocodilian type creature described could not be a seal though. I also would have thought a seal would have been seen more often and on the shore, they don’t live permanently in the water. Maybe there is more than one creature from the Ice Age still living in the lake, only further investigation can tell.
Also known as Addanc, Afnac, Abhac.
- Culture: Celtic
- Attribute: Aquatic
- Behaviour: Troublesome
Afanc Also known as Avanc
- Mythical Number: #0049
- Culture: Celtic
- Attribute: Aquatic
- Behaviour: Deadly
One Afanc lived in the Bala lake where it caused a flood. A man named Dwyfan suspected a flood would come and so he built a large boat for himself and his wife, and put all the animals of his land inside it. When the flood came, only he and his wife survived and thus they founded the British race. Another story tells of an Afanc in the Bearded Lake: Llyn Barfog, where the creature was put to sleep by the singing voice of a virgin lady. The Afanc slept in her lap while the viallgers chained the beast. The beast awoke at this and thrashed about violently killing the virgin lady. However there were too many chain binding the beast that it was safely captured. It was then dragged away to lake Cwm Ffynnon where it still lives. A variation of the story states that Peredur killed the beast. Also according to legend, Arthur killed an Afanc in single combat. King Arthur bound the dead beast and dragged it up the hills of Snowdonia. Today near the Llyn Barfo is a hoof clear hoof print preserved in a rock. This hoof print is called petrosomatoglph or ‘Carn March Arthur’ or ‘Stone of Arthur's Horse’. It was created by the horse of King Arthur, Llamrai when they carried the corpse of the Afanc up the hill.
I believe with all the evidence we have a pretty good indication for a Master Otter sort of creature, an otter the size of a crocodile and with a tail flattened out somewhat after the fashion of a beaver. Some of the depictions also specify it has a long snout, bulging eyes and prominent pointed ears, like the Irish Master Otter is also supposed to have. The shape of the webbed feet is also depicted fairly well. And it is also much the same size and shape as its North American counterpart the Mishibizhiw, with many similar parallel traditional representations (With the hairs on the back represented as spikes or triangular scales and so on).
|Dale Drinnon's Composite Reconstruction for the Master-Otter, possibly a surviving Megalenhydris|
Which excerpts the hairy humanoid dwarf capable of casting a spear. That would be the Water Sprite or Imp form recently mentioned here under the name Grindylow. Surprisingly, that creature also seems to survive in isolated spots all across both Europe and Britain.
Two-tailed Alpine monster, Scheuchzer, 1708 This is a "Dragon" from the mountainous region of Southern Germany and possibly another giant otter. The two tails could be a deformity BUT the allegation of two tails is also mentioned in one of Ted Holliday's Irish Lake Monster sightings, and there it is evidently a reference to having a V-shaped wake. (Compare shape of face head-on, and the tongue sticking out, to giant otter in photo above the ones with the caimans for scale)
I have a suspicion that the creature seen head-on by Michael Peer Groves and family off the Isle of Man in the Irishe Sea is a similar creature seen at sea. It seems to be seen both in saltwater and freshwater, and also amphibiously onto the land: it is also said to burrow underground to dig dens.