Wurrum

Freshwater Monster of Ireland.

Etymology: Dialectical form of the English "worm."

Physical description: Length, 14 feet. Black. Head like a dog's or colt's. Two humps, 2 feet long and 2 feet high, 12 feet apart. Four short legs.

Distribution: Lough Brin (Bran), County Kerry.

Significant sightings: Timothy O'Sullivan saw a Wurrum on December 24, 1954, as he took in his cattle for milking.

Two farmers saw a black, reptilian animal, about 10 feet long, swimming the length of the loch in the summer of 1979.

Sources: William Richard Le Fanu, Seventy Years of Irish Life (New York: Macmillan, 1893), pp. 115-116; Peter Costello, In Search ofLake Monsters (New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1974), pp. 160-162; Janet and Colin Bord, "Creatures of the Irish Lakes," in Peter Brookesmith, ed., Creatures from Elsewhere (London: Orbis, 1984), p. 83.

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