Wee Oichy

Freshwater Monster of Scotland.

Etymology: Named after Loch Oich in 1961 by a reporter in the Scottish Daily Express. Physical description: Like a huge otter. Black.

Shaggy head. Snakelike neck and body. Two humps, 3 feet high and 3 feet apart.

Distribution: Loch Oich, Highland.

Significant sightings: In August 1936, Alderman A. J. Richards, of Camberwell Borough Council, and two other witnesses saw an otterlike animal emerge from the water close to their boat near Laggan.

Simon Cameron, canal bridgekeeper at Laggan, saw one close up on September 19, 1936.

Journalist Jonathan Routh and some friends built a device that traveled monsterlike through the water and managed to get someone to photograph it for the Scottish Daily Express on July 8, 1961.

Present status: This loch at the southern end of Loch Ness also has a Water Horse tradition.

Sources: Alasdair Alpin MacGregor, The Peat-Fire Flame (Edinburgh: Moray, 1937), pp. 67—87; Peter Costello, In Search ofLake Monsters (New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1974), pp. 142-146.

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