Seileag

Freshwater Monster of Scotland.

Etymology: From the Gaelic an t-Seileag, a feminine diminutive derived from the name of the loch.

Variant name: Shiela.

Physical description: Long neck. Three to seven humps on its back.

Distribution: Loch Shiel, Highland. Significant sightings: A groundskeeper and another man watched a beast with three humps through a telescope in 1911.

In 1926, Ronald MacLeod watched an animal coming out of the loch at Sandy Point. It was bigger than the local mail steamer, had a long neck, and sported seven "sails" on its back.

On June 9, 1998, an odd disturbance in the water made by a submerged object was seen from Glenfinnan House Hotel.

Sources: Constance Whyte, More Than a Legend (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1957), pp. 128-129, 210-212; Joseph W. Zarzynski, "'Seileag': The Unknown Animal(s) of Loch Shiel, Scotland," Cryptozoology 3 (1984): 50-54; Mark Chorvinsky, "The 'G. B. Gordon' Shiela Photograph," Strange Magazine, no. 8 (Fall 1991): 12, 49; GUST Zoology, accessed in 2000, http://www. bahnhof.se/~wizard/cryptoworld/index10.htm.

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