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I am trying to recall a movie I'd seen circa early 90's (via a pre-'tweenified' Disney Channel) and what I recall of it involved kids on a beach or some kind of coast discovering a magical creature (not a mermaid, sea serpent or anything like that, but I want to say it was definitely more like an animal) and are trying save it/return it to the ocean(?), so maybe it was bordering on being eco-conscious as well.

What else I know about it that it was early 80's (for some odd reason, 1983 screams out the most) and that it was European, more specifically I want to say Scandinavian (and I've tried looking for Sweden, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands... Don't think it'd be from either Greenland or Iceland).

  • Finland and the Netherlands aren't Scandinavian ... and did you forget Norway? – Rand al'Thor Aug 25 at 14:04
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This may be The Water Horse, a pleasant story of discovering a foundling magical being... and basically having fun.

The date is 2007, however, and the milieu seems to be Scotland.

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Magic in the Water might be what you're looking for. It came out in 1995. It's about a couple of kids who discover a lake monster named "Orky" is real and the movie has an environmental message (the bad guy is dumping toxic waste into the creature's lake). But it was set/made in Canada, not Europe.

Here's the trailer that was included on a bunch of VHS releases at the time:

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