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Is There a Loch Ness Monster

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Is There a Loch Ness Monster by Herminne Tonita -

Loch Ness, 22 miles long, 1,000 feet deep and a mile across, is the largest stretch of fresh water in the British Isles. With its cold and inky black waters, it looks just like the place for a monster's lair. But has a mysterious beast ever lurked in its depths?

Although there were a few tales of water beasts before then, monster-spotting really got going after 1933. A report in the Inverness Chronicle claimed that a couple called Mackay had seen a huge creature, as big as a whale, plunging about in the loch. Later it tuned out that this was a bit of an exaggeration-what Mrs. Mackay said she had seen was a commotion in the water which might have been caused by a couple of ducks.

The monster legend was on its way through, supported by more sightings and some ph otographs. The most famous of the photos was taken in 1934 by a London surgeon and it convinced many people of the monster's reality. But perhaps notice should have been taken of the photo's date: April 1.

Over the years that followed, hundreds of people claimed to have seen the monster. Unfortunately eye-witnesses differed about its appearance and size. It was black, grey or even white. It was huge or it was quite small. It had one lump-or two or three. It had horns or it didn't have. It had legs and was seen on land or it had flippers and never left the water.

Many of the sightings were dismissed even y monster enthusiasts. Otters, deer, birds, floating logs, hump-shaped rocks, all deluded people into believing that they had caught sight of Nessie. Loch Ness is also subject to mirage effects, especially in the early morning when most sightings occur.

But a few sightings were by trustworthy observers, such as Father Gregory Brusey, who in 1971 told how he was with a companion by the water's edge when suddenly a huge beast reared up, about 300 meters away. The men would have not made up the story, so what did they see? An otter enlarged by the mirage effect, or a fearsome creature from the depths?

If there was a monster, what kind of beast was? The most popular idea was that it was a plesiosaurs, left over from the age of the dinosaurs. Never mind that scientists said that plesiosaurs died out 70 million years ago: scientists had said that the fish called coelacanth was extinct, yet one was caught alive in 1938, and others since.

But if there was a breeding colony of plesiosaurs, trapped in the loch when the exist to the sea closed up and adapted to the fresh water, why were no bones discovered when divers searched the flat bottom for them?

In 1962 the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau was formed, supported by well-known people such as the naturalist Sir Peter Scott. Sophisticated camera and underwater equipment were employed and hundreds of people joined an annual series of loch watches. No definite discoveries were made through. A mysterious distant moving object was captured on film, and there were a few inexplicable underwater movements recorded by sonar scan., but it was a poor reward for so much effort.

Maybe poor old Nessie felt persecuted, retired to her lair and died of old age, for there have been no sightings lately and believers are a dwindling band.
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Date Added: 01 May '07


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