​Loch Ness Monster Missing, Could Be Dead

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February 12, 2014

Science News

Is the Loch Ness monster really dead? Nessie hasn’t been seen in over a year, according to a veteran custodian. If the monster is dead, then it’s possible that the Loch Ness has either disappeared, or has learned not to be seen during the day. Some find it hard to believe.

Most people say that it’s the first time in nearly 90 years that the Loch Ness monster dead theory might be true.

Gary Campbell, who lives in Inverness in the United Kingdom, believes in the Loch Ness monster dead theory. He’s been keeping records of sightings for the past 17 years, and has put together a list of sightings that goes back some 1,500 years, according to the BBC News.

“It’s very upsetting news and we don’t know where she’s gone,” BBC News quoted Campbell as saying. “The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn’t seen at all.”

Is the Loch Ness monster dead? Well, this is not the first time Nessie has been a no show; in fact, there are no reports of the beast until less than a century ago.

The Loch Ness monster first achieved notoriety in 1933 after a story was published in a local newspaper describing not a monstrous head or hump but instead a splashing in the water that appeared to be caused “by two ducks fighting.” A famous photograph showing a mysterious head and neck brought Nessie international fame, but was revealed to be hoax decades later.

Some claim that the Loch Ness monster was first reported in A.D. 565, when St. Columba turned away a giant beast threatening a man in the Ness River, which flows into the lake. However it is only one of many Catholic Church legends about righteous saints vanquishing Satan in the form of serpents and dragons.

There are many myths lurking in the cold Scottish highlands, including legends of “water horses” creatures associated with rivers and lakes that resemble normal horses, but are actually both magical and deadly: Should anyone try to mount a water horse, it will accept the rider, then gallop to a nearby lake or river, drown its rider, then eat his flesh, one myth goes. Though some of these legends and stories may have inspired some of the claims about the Loch Ness monster, Nessie is, of course, not a magical horse, but instead believed to be a very real, living and breathing aquatic creature resembling a long-necked dinosaur.

Before the Loch Ness monster dead story, it has drawn tourism in Scotland, dubbing it as Jurassic Park Business. People have visited the area from all over the world to get a glimpse of the monster. Even so, few photos have ever been taken by tourists.

There was also the story that a Loch Ness monster type dinosaur called a Pliosaurus had its 150 million-year-old fossilized bones uncovered in 1994. A study of it left researchers believing that it suffered from an arthritis-like disease. However, it’s unknown if the real monster had such a similar disease, but certainly couldn’t die from it.

In April 2012, a tour boat owner said he has a Loch Ness sonar photo to prove that the legendary monster exists underwater. Marcus Atkinson, who snapped a shot of the image, says the depth finder picked up a 5 foot wide object at a depth of 75 feet.

“I was dropping customers at Urquhart Castle and then got my boat out of the way of the other tour companies. I moved out into the water and looked at the sonar and saw this image had appeared. The device takes a reading of the depth and what is below the boat every quarter of a second and gradually builds up a picture, so it covered a time of about five minutes.”

The Loch Ness monster dead story could just be another trick to get people to visit the lake. Not a bad marketing machine if it’s true.