Most of us have heard of Nessie, which is the ever elusive, possibly mythological creature which inhabits Loch Ness in Scotland. How many of you have heard of Teggie, which is a creature of a similar nature which inhabits Bala lake in Wales? I had never heard of Teggie myself until starting to research topics for this year’s A to Z challenge.
Bala is a small village at the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park, and is a quiet little hamlet with possibly as many sheep as there are people. Don’t let the sleepy nature of this place fool you though. Teggie was given her name in a similar way to Nessie, which is after the body of water inhabited. The Welsh name for Bala lake is Llyn Tegid.
Teggie is said to be a large crocodile like creature and has been reported to have lifted wind surfers out of the water and to have been the cause of boating accidents. While the Loch Ness monster has been reported to launch attacks on boats too, it seems that there are more reports of aggression by Teggie.
The village of Bala relies upon tourism for a good portion of its economy, and the draw is the large lake. Some people are fascinated with Teggie and hope for a glimpse, while others steer clear of the lake because they fear incurring the beast’s wrath. Whether Teggie is real or not remains to be seen. As with other beasts which fall into the area of cryptozoology, such as Nessie, Bigfoot, and the Yeti; tales have been circulating in some instances for almost a thousand years with no substantiated proof. With as big as our wold and universe are, it would be arrogant to assume that we know of everything which inhabit them. Until the time comes when there are explanations, these creatures make for interesting campfire stories at the very least.
To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!