Reclaiming the Loch Ness Monster from the current tide of debunking and scepticism. If you believe there is something strange in Loch Ness, read on.
I ran an article a while back showing how the general populace and the media perceived the Loch Ness Monster through drawings and satire. I came across some more cartoons recently and have put them on here for comment and display.
Going back to the earliest days of the Nessie phenomenon, the Daily Express published this cartoon on the 14th December 1933, shortly after the first picture of the monster, taken by Hugh Gray, came to the world's attention. Click on the cartoon for a better image. The text of each cartoon is shown under it.
Diver to Nessie, "I can not help you to go, but good advice: stay at the bottom and have fun!"
Whether the artist referred to the Hugh Gray photo to draw his Nessie is arguable, but they do bear some resemblance to each other. The scene of various sceptics and party poopers trying to solve the mystery and consign it to history seems to meet with short shrift by the cartoonist. Whether there was anything in the loch or not, the newspapers wanted the story to run and stuff the naysayers!
The next cartoon is from The Daily Herald, some time in 1933. This is probably the least Nessie-like Nessie I have come across and one wonders where on earth the template for this monster came from. The backdrop to this cartoon was the discussion in Parliament as to what to do with this strange new phenomenon in a remote Scottish loch.
LOCAL RESIDENT: "Ye poor feckless beastie - get oot o' sicht while ye're safe! D'ye no ken the Hoose o' Commons, Nineteen-thirty-three, has its eye on ye!"
Google has used its Street View cameras to search for the Loch Ness Monster - and one picture in particular will attract the attention of Nessie hunters
By Oliver Smith 21 Apr 2015
Many have tried and failed to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster - now Google has joined the search.
The firm has, with the help of divers and local experts, used its Street View cameras to capture parts of the Scottish loch, the reputed home of the famous cryptid.
Its images, taken both above and below the surface of the water, are available to view from today - giving armchair travellers the chance to admire the Highlands scenery - or plunge to the depths in search of Nessie.
One image in particular caught the eye of Telegraph Travel.
"We were surprised by this sighting too," said a Google spokesperson, when we pointed out a strange, lumpen object floating on the loch's surface. "Is it a log, a bird or... the monster?!"
Reclaiming the Loch Ness Monster from the current tide of debunking and scepticism. If you believe there is something strange in Loch Ness, read on.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
A Loch Ness researcher recently put up a link on sonar equipment for Loch Ness. That was interesting enough in itself, but a further link to the story below was more interesting from a monster point of view. To quote:
Using the bottom of the range Bronze FLS, a customer spotted what appeared to be the Loch Ness Monster moving around the loch. Mr Duffin contacted us recently with photos he had taken of his FLS Bronze in deep water at Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle asking what we thought, has he found Nessie?. It looks like a real target or something large - so who knows.....
Approximately 50 ft in length, the object spotted was moving up and down and side to side on the screen of the FLS Bronze. The pictures have been scrutinized by several of our sonar experts and would appear to be that of a genuinely large aquatic beast.
The quality of the sonar is not up to the detail of the latest equipment that can be bought at affordable prices, but what was it that was registered on the sonar that day? A rogue side echo, one of these alleged submersible logs, an algae bloom or a large creature?
There are actually two different species of coelacanth spread out in different parts of the ocean. They were thought to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago along with the dinosaurs until somebody caught one in Madagascar back in the 1930s. The rest of the world didn't know about them before then because they only live in a few areas of the ocean and they are bottom dwellers. It's a good example of something thought to have gone extinct and then reappearing. It's possible that a large aquatic reptile could have done the same thing in a few areas. The only problem with that idea concerning Loch Ness is that the lake was never connected to the ocean...although that doesn't mean something couldn't have found its way in there by swimming/crawling up a river or something.
Loch Ness monster most likely large catfish, longtime watcher claims
Published July 17, 2015
A man who has spent almost 25 years searching for the elusive Loch Ness monster has concluded that the creature is, in fact, a very large catfish.
Steve Feltham, 52, told Sky News that he was not claiming to have solved the mystery that has baffled scientists and amateur enthusiasts for over 70 years, but "looking at all the evidence, speaking to eyewitnesses, the most likely solution is a Wels catfish."
Wels catfish can grow up to 13 feet long, weigh up to 880 pounds, and survive for decades. They are not native to the United Kingdom, having been introduced to the loch in the 19th century for sport fishing, according to Reuters.
"I have to be honest. I just don’t think that Nessie is a prehistoric monster," Feltham told the Times of London. "What a lot of people have reported seeing would fit in with the description of the catfish with its long curved back."
Legends of a primitive monster in the loch date back to the sixth century A.D., when a legend of the Irish monk St. Columba relates that he banished a "water beast" to the depths of the River Ness, which flows from the northern end of the loch.
The more recent version of the "Nessie" legend begins in 1933, when a local newspaper printed a report of mysterious splashing in the water that appeared to be caused "by two ducks fighting." The next year saw publication of the famous photo showing a head and neck resembling that of a brontosaurus protruding from the loch. Decades later, the photo was eventually revealed to be a hoax.
The monster, if it exists, has eluded modern technology as well. In 2003, the BBC funded an extensive scientific search that used 600 sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch. The study concluded there was probably nothing there.
Despite the lack of creditable sightings, the loch attracts thousands of tourists annually, and more than a few enthusiastic amateurs who have devoted their life to finding the creature. Feltham falls into the latter category, having left his home, job, and girlfriend in southwestern England to come to Loch Ness in 1991.
"I certainly don’t regret the last 24 years," Feltham said, telling Sky News, "I'm in my utopia living here on the shores of the loch."
Most convincing picture of the Loch Ness monster ever taken?
Published Friday, 16 September 2016
Is this Nessie?This is the first time I’ve ever seen Nessie in the loch. I would be amazing if I was the first one to find her. Ian Bremner
A whisky warehouse worker has taken a picture of what could be one of the most convincing Loch Ness Monster sightings to date.
Amateur photographer Ian Bremner, 58, was driving around the Highlands in search of red deer - but stumbled instead across the remarkable sight of what appears to be Nessie swimming in the calm waters of Loch Ness.
The dad-of-four spends most of his weekends in the region taking photographs of the stunning natural beauty.
But it was not until he got back to his home in Nigg, Invergordon, that he noticed three humps emerging from the water which he thinks could be the elusive monster.
The picture shows a two-metre long silver creature swimming away from the lens with its head bobbing away and a tail flapping a metre away, preparing to swim further on.
The apparent creature was spotted coming up for air close to the banks of the loch on Saturday afternoon midway between the villages of Dores and Inverfarigaig.
Ian said: “It’s a part of the world that always makes you second guess what you’re seeing.
“When you’re up there you’re constantly looking in the water to see if you can spot anything in there.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen Nessie in the loch. I would be amazing if I was the first one to find her.
“I’m normally a bit of a sceptic when it comes to Nessie and I think it’s just something for the tourists but I’m starting to think there is something out there.
“When I saw it on my screen I said ‘what the hell is that?’
“If you’re fishing there it’s the sort of place where you can get a tingle up your spine and second guess what you’re seeing.
“You start seeing things even when you know fine there’s nothing there.”
Ian’s picture fits in perfectly with the widely believed description of Nessie being a long serpent creature which stretches as far back as 1933.
The image he took closely resembles some of the clearest and most notable examples of the creature.
Encounters from 1933 tell of a 10ft long limbless creature crossing the road leaving behind a slimy trail of undergrowth.
And in 2001 a pair of fishermen spotted a dark 6ft long blob sticking its head out of the water and were adamant that it was not a seal.
There have been five other reported sightings of the monster this year which, including Ian’s latest, is the highest number since 2002.
Some of Ian’s friends think his picture actually shows three seals playing in the water.
Ian said: “I suppose it could be seals - but I’m not so sure. The more I think about it, the more I think it could be Nessie.”
Over the years there have been 1081 recorded sightings of the Loch Ness Monster lurking in the water.
The monster and the tourists who come to look for it are thought to be worth around £30m to the Highland economy.
Note the splashes in front of the body section on the right side and the body section in the middle? Why would a snake-like curling body create those splashes? Is it more likely they were diving seals? I have no idea!
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2016 10:05:22 GMT -6 by swamprat
Closeup of the object moving the in waters of Loch Ness (CASCADE NEWS)
Is that 'Nessie'? A photo of a strange object moving in the waters of Loch Ness is sparking debate.
Australian tourists Peter Jackson (no relation to the filmmaker of the same name) and Phillippa Wearne were driving along the loch when they spotted an object in the water and took a picture of the object on their phone, The Sun reports. They showed it to a local skipper who said he had "not seen anything like it."
“It was pretty big even from 150 yards or more offshore. I didn’t know what to think. We took photos and showed them to people at a B&B and then showed them to people on a cruise,” said Phillippa.
Wearne added that the object was "moving fast but in the direction of the current," and quipped that if the skipper had not seen anything like that before, "then it must be something.”
Jackson said the couple was "dumfounded but excited" to see the object.
The events took place on at 5:18 p.m. local time on June 22 when the couple was driving north on the west side of Loch Ness. They proceeded to get out of the vehicle and take pictures on their smartphones. The sighting lasted five minutes, according to the register of Loch Ness monster sightings.
While not claiming it's the monster itself, Peter said, “I know I saw something and I know it was large so I am keeping an open mind.”
This sighting is only the second to make it onto the official register in 2017, noted Gary Campbell, registrar of sightings at Loch Ness.
Campbell added that the picture, along with other pictures of the loch, is a "little bit indistinct," but added that with the detailed report handed in, "there is really no clear explanation as to what the family caught on camera.”
The only other sighting added to the register this year was on May 1 when a dark shape, higher than the waves was spotted in the Loch's Urquhart Bay.
Even if Nessie isn't real, she's sure helped the tourist trade I have a live cam of Loch Ness, just watching the 'loch' and a couple of sheep in a pasture. Never did see Nessie but it's sure pretty country
What would you do if you saw the Loch Ness monster? It’s a question everyone visiting the loch should ask themselves … it would save us all from the scores of blurred photographs, shaky or faraway videos and lackluster or confusing eyewitness accounts. One group which DOES have a plan for a real Nessie sighting is the Scottish Natural Heritage organization. It apparently drew up instructions 17 years ago in the event that the Loch Ness monster is seen and if it is captured.
In an interview with the BBC, Nick Halfhide, the Director of Operations, revealed that a code of practice relating to the capture of the Loch Ness Monster was “partly serious and partly for a bit of fun” but still a real and legitimate document which has been used for other Loch Ness wildlife issues besides Nessie. The plan gives wildlife officials the authority to take a DNA sample of the creature, but then orders them to return it to the loch and develop a plan to protect it (once they know what they’re protecting) and conserve it, now that its existence is proven. That would require highly-regulated cooperation with all of the communities and businesses surrounding the loch, many of which depend on it and tourism for their livelihood.
While a copy of the original code of practice is about as hard to find as Nessie, a news report on its release in 2001 says it was drawn up in response to a request by a monster hunter from Sweden to lay a fishing net across Loch Ness. Nets and traps were popular ideas before sonar was perfected and concern for the other ‘real’ creatures in the loch was considered. Anticipating a successful catch, SNH spokesman Johnathan Stacey described the rules the catcher must follow:
“Should anything be captured in this net, in this trap, then we would want to see it examined but also released unharmed. I think if they did capture something that was hitherto unknown to science then the whole world would be interested. As far as SNH is concerned we would be regarding it as a very valuable and important part of Scotland’s biodiversity and we would want to be treating it in its best interests.”
As a warning to SNH officials today, businesses in 2001 were also concerned about their livelihood, saying that the code would “put people off” to coming to Loch Ness. While they referred to these people as the “loony fringe,” they seemed concerned about their safety … or at least the safety of their spending money.
“It might drive the ‘loony fringe’, for want of a better word, underground. They might not publicise their plans and do something that could be a danger to themselves, the environment and Nessie.”
If a Loch Ness monster beaches itself near a tourist area, will anyone remember the SNH code of practice? Probably not. Will they hold their breath, lean against something sturdy and fully extend the zoom before taking a picture or video? Probably not. Will we ever really need the SNH code of practice for the capture and care of the Loch Ness monster?
Probably not. But it’s good to know they have a plan.
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Jul 7, 2018 13:30:41 GMT -6
lois: Very Happy to see you Ron. Missed you. Glad you are doing better now. Sorry for your lost. I did not know your brother had passed. hugs lois
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paulette: Ron - hope you've hit a quiet spot. Sorry for your loss.
Aug 3, 2018 10:49:30 GMT -6
lois: I picked up my phone a few days ago and I looked at the name of the caller. Boy was I surprise. It has been a couple of years. So good to hear your voice Ron. Hope you make it a habit again. love and hugs .
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leia77: Spotless, I am glad that you are feeling better and welcome back! I too am back from a long time away...
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lois: Oh ok Sky I will check it out. Thanks.
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lois: What topic was it under.
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