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Lough Fadda is a small lake in the scenic region of Connemara in County Galway. It is surrounded by mountains and boglands, and is home to a variety of wildlife, such as otters, herons and trout. But there is also a darker side to this tranquil spot: a legend of a loathsome creature that lurks in its depths, waiting for unsuspecting prey.

The first recorded sighting of the Lough Fadda creature dates back to the 1950s, when a local man was fishing on the lake. He was startled by a huge splash, and saw a long, black shape emerge from the water. It had smooth skin, a head like a shark, and a mouth full of sharp teeth. It swam towards him, and he barely managed to escape by rowing his boat to the shore. He was so terrified by the encounter that he had nightmares for weeks, and never returned to the lake alone.

In 1965, eye witnesses Georgina Carberry and Una Moran who were on a fishing trip on the lake, encountered the creature in which they described it as having a horse like head with the long body of an eel. They gave a video account of their encountered in an interview with RTÉ reporter Cathal O’Shannon.

Georgina Carberry describes how during a fishing trip on the Lough, a bluey-black, shark-like beast came alongside the boat she was in. The creature took fright and disappeared around a rock, went down and came up again a long distance away from the boat.

Since then, there have been several other reports of the Lough Fadda creature, mostly by fishermen and tourists. Some describe it as having a horse-like head and an eel-like body, while others say it resembles a giant snake or a crocodile. Some claim it is blue-black in color, while others say it is green or brown. Some say it is harmless and shy, while others say it is aggressive and dangerous. Some even believe it is a supernatural being, a guardian of the lake or a manifestation of an ancient curse.

If you are brave enough to venture to Lough Fadda, you might catch a glimpse of the creature yourself. But be careful: you never know what might be lurking beneath the surface.


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