Morgawr (cryptid)

Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Sea serpent
Country United Kingdom
Region Falmouth Bay, Cornwall

Morgawr (meaning sea giant in Cornish), is a Plesiosaur-like cryptid purported to live in the sea near Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.

First sighted in 1906,[1] various theories have been proposed as to the identity of this sea serpent, ranging from a hoax or mistaken identity, to the suggestion that the creature is a surviving species of Plesiosaur or that it is a previously undiscovered species of long necked seal. In the absence of a carcass or a living specimen, identity explanations depend only on eyewitness accounts and on low-quality photographs and videotape.


Hoax tape

In 1991, Strange magazine published transcripts from a series of tapes made by Shiels, in which he discusses the possibility of hoaxing the people of Falmouth with a sea-serpent story.[9] The article reported him saying:

Mentions in other literature

The Morgawr is the name of a powerful demon in the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Other than the name, there is no connection between the two.

The Morgow Rises! is the title of a horror novel by Peter Tremayne, set in the fictional Cornish village of Bosbradoe.

The main villain in A Warlock in Whitby by Robin Jarvis is an ancient serpent god named Morgawrus, who appears to be based on the Biblical Leviathan.

Boat name

The Falmouth-made reproduction of the Ferriby Boats was named Morgawr after this cryptid beast.

See also


  1. Heuvelmans, B. In the Wakes of the Sea Serpents (Rupert Hart-Davis 1968), p.358. cited by Bord, J. & C. Modern Mysteries of Britain (Guild Publishing 1987), p 123
  2. Morgawr – sea serpent
  3. Bord, J. & C. "Alien Animals" (Granada 1980), p 27
  4. As stated in their A Guide to Ancient Sites in Britain (Paladin 1979), p.1
  5. 1 2 Bord, J. & C. Alien Animals (Granada 1980), p 28
  6. Bord, J. & C. Alien Animals (Granada 1980), p 31
  7. Ooparts & Ancient High Technology-Evidence of Noah's Flood? 20th Century Dinosaurs
  8. Shiels Tapes
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