The Owlman of Mawnan

An Owlman? I’m starting to get visions of David Bowie as the Goblin King (and I ain’t even mad)…

Witness’s drawing

Nestled in a small town in Cornwall, England, there are reports of a UFC (unidentified flying cryptid). While such cryptids aren’t nearly as common as lake monsters and Bigfoot, flying cryptids have been spotted all over the world, and have been known to terrorize small towns. Towns like Mawnan, it would seem…

Sometimes also known as the Death Raptor (which is way cooler than Owlman if you ask me), the creature was first spotted in 1976 by a pair of young girls. When they were asked to describe the beast, they drew the exact same image with an identical description:


Five to six feet tall.

Brownish gray in color.

A wingspan of 10 feet.

Glowing red eyes.

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Photo: Find a Grave

Another sighting occurred shortly after when a group of visitors to the 13th Century Mawnan Old Church spotted someone in the trees. It wasn’t long before they realized this wasn’t someone playing a prank on them when the Owlman flew off. In the creature’s absence, they reported the sound of electricity crackling in the air around them.

Other reports of the Owlman came in during 1978, 1979, 1989, 1995, and 2000.

To this day, reports come from the Old Church of people seeing red lights floating above the church’s roof.

Believers in the Owlman compare him to America’s Mothman found in West Virginia. Many experts and skeptics, however, believe the story of the Owlman stems from the Eurasian eagle-owl. But that hasn’t stopped people from visiting the old church, looking to catch a glimpse of the terrifying Owlman of Mawnan.

You can learn more about the Owlman of Mawnan and other British cryptids in Andrew McGrath’s book Beasts of Britain (I HIGHLY recommend it!). 

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