I haven’t done a post about a sea monster for a while and a quick check revealed to me that I hadn’t yet posted about the Girvan sea monster. I love this one, it is not often I get to post an article about a sea monster complete with a newspaper photo. Luckily some smart person took a picture of the carcass that washed up on the rocks at Girvan, West Scotland in August 1953.
Just as well they did, shortly after the townspeople, annoyed with the stench of rotting sea monster, poured oil over it and threw on a match, ruining any chance of the remains actually being identified.
A pity that instead of trying to hunt down the monsters mate, who was reportedly swimming near the coast, they didn’t try taking a photo of that too!
Girvan is also known as a town close to where the coastal cave at Bennane Head is. This cave is was said to have been the home (den of evil?) of the cannibal family in the tale of Sawney Bean.
Sea monsters AND cannibals? The parents of that town would have had no trouble making up stories to scare their children!