Sunday, April 14, 2013

Loch Ness Monster: Is Nessie Just A Tourist Conspiracy?

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Lochness Monster

The Lochness Monster, one of my favorite mysteries as a kid. There seemed to be a special on tv or a newspaper article immortalizing the creature on a continual basis. Nowadays you still hear about it from time to time, but to me personally the stories have lost some of their luster.

Years ago they scanned the enter Loch with sonar and didn't come up with anything conclusive and their have been countless attempts at searching for this massive beast of a creature. Does that mean it couldn't exist? No, I think it is possible a creature of this size could be lurking at the bottom of the Loch due to the sheer size and volume of the body of water. And the fact that it does connect to the Ocean via rivers and some now think that a catacomb of underground caves may also connect it to the sea.

While I don't think Nessie is just a tourist conspiracy, I am leaning towards the belief that Nessie does not exist. I do believe at one time it may have existed but that it has just died out as a species.

It still remains as an unsolved mystery and it will always draw people into it's legend and lore. Who knows, maybe someday ole Nessie will rear it's head again.


Today, another attempt will be made to search for Nessie, as monster hunters head out onto the calm waters of the Loch Ness.

Loch Ness Monster: Is Nessie just a tourist conspiracy?

It is 80 years since hotel manageress Mrs Aldie Mackay first reported seeing a "whale-like fish" in the waters of Loch Ness.
Now an academic at St Andrew's University is trawling through 1,000 eye-witness accounts since to see what they can tell us.

He wryly notes more than a few hotel proprietors among typical spotters. So is "Nessie" just a conspiracy to boost tourism?

It was 14 April 1933 and Mrs Mackay, manageress of the Drumnadrochit Hotel, was driving with her husband along the road to Inverness.

As they drove, she glanced out across the still calm waters of Loch Ness towards Aldourie Castle. There, in the water, she saw something.

 In a rare interview years later, she described the moment to marine biologist and founder of The Loch Ness Project, Adrian Shine.

"She said it was black, wet, with the water rolling off it," he says.

"It went in a circle, round and down. She yelled at her husband "Stop! The beast!"

It is an interesting remark, Mr Shine says.
Mrs Mackay's sighting was reported in the Inverness Courier on 2 May 1933 by Alex Campbell, the water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist.

It is widely regarded as the first "modern sighting" of a monster in the loch.

"But the fact that she said "the beast"... It's as though she knew there was something strange in the loch," Mr Shine says.
 read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22125981



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