It’s no longer a hype today but decades ago it was a true tourist tracker, and something that made a lot of speculation about his round: Loch Ness’s monster. Loch Ness is a large lake in Scotland, and thus, according to many, there is enough room for a large sea monster monster. It could be a survivor of the dinosaurs, right? Really? Below we give ten facts the free job about the Loch Ness monster. If you still want to believe, then we will not be in your way!
The Loch Ness monster is world-famous. Around the world there are reports of monsters, such as the yeti or mermaids, which are spotted in the holy night, during dusk, or from a distant distance. Such monsters are called cryptids, creatures whose existence is only confirmed by eyewitnesses, but not by science. Of course, science, based on scientific observations, can never absolutely determine that these samples do not exist, but let’s say, is it likely that there is a terrible snow monster in the Himalayas?
Afijn, we were at Nessie. The Loch Ness monster is the world’s most famous cryptide on this planet. A bit the Michael Jackson under cryptids, as it were.
2. More than one millennium to eyewitnesses!
Although the hype around Nessie did not really break out in the 1930’s, there are observations of a monster in the Loch dating back to the 7th century AD. A Scottish monk wrote about Saint Columbia, who had seen a tomb of a man attacked and killed by a water beast near Loch Ness, a century before.Very convincing evidence, you understand.
Additionally, the monks of that time had a hand to animate their stories with sagas, legends and, you already understand, monsters. Who wants to read a book about a saint Jan who did nothing else than day to day in Rome.
3. Eyewitnesses in the 20th century
photo: Kenneth Allen
Of course, eyewitnesses of centuries ago have been less convincing than more recent reports of observations. So if we have an eyewitness from the thirties, that is obviously much more credible than the 7th century monk. Let’s look at George Spicer’s observation, which saw a “strangely shaped animal” with long neck and giant size beyond his car when he was on his way to Loch Ness. Not even a month later, the motorist Arthur Grant confirmed that he had also crossed the road in the cave of the night and almost almost drove it. Unfortunately, if he had accidentally done that, we might have had some proof …
4. The picture
Yes, pictures are of course much more convincing than just an eyewitness. Everyone knows that, when it’s dark, or if we are distracted in one way or another, our imagination can make the most wild things.Perhaps Spicer and Grant could have crossed a deer, or something in that trend, and had their fantasy built on something? A picture that would be more convincing!
So a while later, that photo was taken by Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson. The (already famous) picture can be seen on this picture above. However, he has been proven twice as a falsification in 1975 and 1993. You can see that the “giant” monster in the picture is hardly any bigger than the waves on the water: if Nessie would have been a huge beast then the waves should look much smaller. We are talking about an inner lake, here, not the Atlantic Ocean …
5. But does Nessie not exactly look like a Sauropod?
A Sauropod is a kind of dinosaur who has a typical head shape and long neck, and indeed, this seems suspicious of the appearance on Wilson’s photo. There is only one small problem … Sauropodia were land animals, and our Nessie is really a swimmer. In addition, Sauropodia were air-breathing animals, so they could not breathe under water. Was Nessie by chance a Sauropod who had learned to survive in the water, then he would have to come over water for a few minutes to get breathtaking. Such a frequency would certainly have been noticeable?
6. Another sea animal than?
photo: StaraBlazkova / wikicommons
Let’s assume that it is not a dinosaur, but at least one seafront, not yet discovered, perhaps a so-called plesiosaurus (see picture). This time again, the resemblance is remarkable. But if this really is a plesiosaurus, then Nessie is about 65 million years old. However, Lake Loch Ness itself is only 10,000 years old, so how this survivor survived from its kind a) all the time and b) came to Loch nes remains a mystery. Oh and then there is still the problem of nutrition. No matter how much fish there is in Loch Ness, never or never this is enough in the long run for a ten-toner like the plesiosaurus. And the respiratory problem continues to apply; because also plesiosauria had no gills.
7. Ergo, the sample does not exist
So we have a secondary 7th century report, two eyewitnesses from the 1930s and a clearly falsified photo, claiming there is a monster. On the other hand, we have the best equipment that science can offer us (satellite pictures, sonar and radar, with which we can locate a needle in the middle of the ocean) can not find traces of this illustrious being. Real conclusion: The sample does not exist.
8. But it deserves fun!
picture: B. ciggy / wikicommons
Now that we are done with the facts of existence or not, there are some other trivia. For example, in the past few years, a lot of money has been earned through the Loch Ness Monster. Just think of all T-shirts, tea and coffee cups, keychains and so on, with the sample on it. In addition, the Loch Ness area is a tourist attraction. Who does not want a selfie at the famous lake?
9. Hollywood loves it!
Even if, with all our logic and scientific arguments, we can reasonably substantiate that myth is madness, Hollywood has been able to revive the hype around Nessie more than once. In addition, it’s good material for documentaries: both Animal Planet, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel have made episodes, and with a ‘allure’ of science around these TV channels, many people are still in doubt. After all, if Discovery Channel seriously considers it, then something has to be done?
10. Science can not prove anything
Did we not earlier say that the scientific conclusion is that the sample did not exist? Well, in principle, that conclusion is premature. This is where science is subject to its own rules. In science, it’s important to prove something, and it’s impossible (unless we pull Loch Ness) to prove that the animal does not exist. So we can never say with 100% certainty that there is not really a Monster of Loch Ness. Just as little, we can safely say there is absolutely no Atlantis, in the deepest regions of the ocean (after all, so deep people can not come, but yes, Atlantians may). However, you understand that we can not (or can not) take everything, just because we can not prove that it is not.
So far the ten facts about the Loch Ness Monster. Besides, I do not want to be a breaker for the Scots, and this can certainly be said even without sea reptile: Scotland and, among other things, the Loch Ness lake is more than worth a visit, monster or no monster! Take a camera!
TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT THE LOCH NESS MONSTER