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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject: LOCH NESS MONSTER  Reply with quote

Description
Despite a few inconsistencies and variations, Nessie is usually described as a creature with two humps, a tail, a long, snake-like neck and a small head. A V-shaped was often mentioned, as well as a "gaping red mouth" and horns or antennae on the top of the creature's head. It is popularly believed to be female. The creature glides just under the surface for a time and then submerges back into the deep. The monster is reportedly 10 to 15 m (30 to 50 ft) long.

Folklore
Carvings of this unidentified animal, made by the ancient inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands some 1,500 years ago, are the earliest evidence that Loch Ness harbors a strange aquatic creature. Alleged reference sources of the sixteenth century indicate the presence of a strange creature dwelling within the loch, often wreaking carnage and havoc among the local community.

In 565 AD St Columba, the Irishman celebrated for bringing Christianity to Scotland, was the first to have witnessed the monster when it attempted to take the life of a brother monk swimming in the River Ness. The monster is said to have disappeared when St Columba made the sign of the cross and shouted out “Go no further, nor touch the man! Go back!” 'Vita Sancti Columbae' (Adamnan). In mythology, this tale is a classic of the great cosmic fight between Man and the evil forces often symbolized by a Dragon or a Snake. Many saints were associated with the sanity act against dragons (St Georges, St Marthe, …)

Sightings
In August 27, 1930 3 fishermen reported seeing a disturbance in the water. The men watched as a creature 20 feet long approached their boat throwing water in the air. As it passes them, its wake caused their boat to rock violently. The men were convinced that a living creature caused the disturbance. Following the story, the newspaper received several letters from people claiming also to have seen a strange creature in the Loch.

The most famous encounter was perhaps in April 28 1933. On that day Mr. and Mrs. Spicer, returning from a trip to London, saw a monster that “resembled a whale” cross the road, with an animal in his jaws, and submerge in the lake. This incident drew the attention of the world press as national and international news teams visited the loch for a glimpse of the beast. The hoax temptation was too strong as entrepreneurs created fraudulent evidence such as photographs and cine film of a monstrous creature swimming in the loch.

In 1934 RK Wilson produced a photograph still undisputed with the head and neck of the monster. A further sighting in April 1960 by Tim Dunstall drew attention again by producing a 16mm film containing images of something swimming across the loch; skeptics tell us it is a small boat, believers, that it is the monster. There have been many expeditions since, but none as successful as to prove its existence. Also the many sightings, photos and films, have been inconclusive.

Number of sightings (1963-1971)

1963 - 40

1964 - 18

1965 - 9

1966 - 29

1967 - 14

1968 - 14

1970 - 17

1971 - 18
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:58 pm    Post subject: Loch Ness Monster Reply with quote

Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called "Nessie" or "Ness" (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) is a creature or group of creatures said to live in Loch Ness, a deep freshwater loch (lake) near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland. Nessie is generally categorized as a lake monster.

Along with Bigfoot Nessie is one of the best-known mysteries in cryptozoology though most mainstream scientists and other experts find current evidence supporting Nessie unpersuasive and regard such reports as hoaxes or misidentification of mundane creatures.

Carvings of this unidentified animal, made by the ancient inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands some 1,500 years ago, are the earliest evidence that Loch Ness harbors a strange aquatic creature. This resembles the stone carvings of the Chupacabra.

Rumors of a monster, or animal, living in the loch are claimed by believers to have been known for several centuries, though others have questioned the accuracy and reliability of such tales, which were generally unknown before the 1960s. The earliest claimed reference is taken from the Life of St. Columba by Adamnan. It describes how in 565 Columba saved the life of a Pict, who was being supposedly attacked by the monster.

Critics have questioned the reliability of the source, noting a different story in which Columba slays a wild boar by the power of his voice alone. They also point out that the event is said to have occurred on the River Ness, not in the Loch, and that Adamnan reports Columba encountering and conquering assorted "monsters", at various places in Scotland, throughout his "life". Additionally, they point out that the Loch Ness monster has no other reported instance of attacking anyone, and in fact is generally portrayed as shy and people-avoidant.

The first modern sighting occurred on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier carried a story of Mr. and Mrs. John Mackay, who reportedly saw "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface." The report of the "monster" (a title chosen by the editor of the Courier) became a media sensation with London papers sending reporters to Scotland and a circus, even offering a reward of 20,000 pounds for capture of the monster. Later that year, A.H. Palmer, who allegedly witnessed Nessie on August 11, 1933, at 7 a.m., described the creature as having its head, which they saw from the front, set low in the water. Its mouth, which had a width of between twelve and eighteen inches (30-45 cm), was opening and closing; its maximum mouth aperture was estimated to be about six inches (15 cm).

The modern preoccupation with the Loch Ness Monster was aroused by a photograph allegedly taken by surgeon R.K. Wilson on April 19, 1934, which seemed to show a large creature with a long neck gliding through the water. Decades later, on March 12, 1994, Marmaduke Wetherell claimed to have faked the photo after being hired by the Daily Mail to track down Nessie (the photo had by that time been printed worldwide as "absolute evidence"). Wetherell also stated that Wilson did not take the photo, and his name was only used to give added credibility to the photo.

Regardless of whether anything is actually in the loch, the Loch Ness Monster has some significance for the local economy. Dozens of hotels, boating tour operators, and merchants of stuffed animals and related trinkets owe part of their livelihood to this monster, although people visit the loch for many reasons other than to see the monster. Hence, the legend is likely to endure for quite some time.

In 1962 The Loch Ness Investigation Bureau was formed to act as a research organization and clearing house for information about the creature. In the beginning it only conducted research for a few week in the year, but by 1964 they established a more permanent presence around the Loch. Eventually the Bureau established camera stations with both still and cinema cameras with telephoto lenses. They had vans which served as mobile camera stations, and underwater listening devises. Searches were conducted using hot-air-balloons and infrared night time cameras, sonar scanners and submarines. A great deal of information was discovered about the Loch, but they have yet to produce any concrete evidence of a monster.

Loch Ness is located in the North of Scotland and is one of a series of interlinked lochs which run along the Great Glen. The Great Glen is a distinctive incision which runs across the country and represents a large geological fault zone. The interlinking was completed in the 19th century following the completion of the Caledonian Canal.

The Great Glen is more than 700 ft (213 m) deep and ice free. It is fed by the Oich and other streams and drained by the Ness to the Moray Firth. It forms part of the Caledonian Canal. By volume, Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain.

Since Dec., 1933, when newspapers published accounts of a 'monster,' 40 to 50 ft (12-15 m) long, said to have been seen in the loch, there have been alleged sightings.

Most of the Nessie witnesses describe something with two humps, a tail, and a snakelike head. A V-shaped was often mentioned, as well as a gaping red mouth and horns or antennae on the top of the creature's head. Nessie's movements have been studied, and the films and photos analyzed to determine what Nessie might be, if she exists.

Theories

Most accounts of Nessie's appearance, including historical ones, indicate a creature resembling the long-extinct plesiosaur. Actual fossil evidence for this Mesozoic creature shows it to have been physically large, with a long neck and tiny head, with flippers for propulsion. The alleged connection of this creature with the Loch Ness monster has made it a popular topic in the field of cryptozoology.

However, most scientists suggest the idea that the Loch Ness Monster is a remnant of the Mesozoic era is highly unlikely; there would need to be a breeding colony of such creatures for there to have been any long-term survival, and coupled with the fact that plesiosaurs needed to surface to breathe, this would result in far more frequent sightings than have actually been reported (some animals, such as crocodiles, that need to breathe air intermittently, can stay underwater for extended periods of time by remaining still and conserving its oxygen supply).

Many biologists also argue Loch Ness is not large or productive enough to support even a small family of these creatures. Moreover, the loch was created as the result of geologically recent glaciation and was frozen solid during recent ice-ages.

Other sightings, however, do not fit the plesiosaur description or even a water-bound creature: In April 1923, Alfred Cruickshank claimed to have seen a creature 3 m to 3.5 m long, with an arched back and four elephant-like feet cross the road before him as he was driving. Other sightings report creatures more similar to camels or horses.

Theories as to the exact nature of the Loch Ness Monster sightings are varied: pareidolia or misidentification of seals, fish, logs, mirages, seiches, and light distortion, crossing of boat wakes, or unusual wave patterns.

Very large sturgeon have been found in inland streams close to Loch Ness, and due to sturgeons' size and unusual appearance, one could easily be mistaken for a monster by someone not familiar with it.

A recent theory postulates that the "monster" is actually nothing more than bubbling and disruptions in the water caused by minor volcanic activity at the bottom of the loch. This latter argument is supported to a minor degree by a correlation between tectonic motion and reported sightings.

Some researchers, notably John Keel, F.W. Holiday, A. Winchester Beebe (otherwise known as the Buffalo musician Nikki Christmas), and Jon-Erik Beckjord, postulate that there are no anomalous physical creatures within the loch. Because of the complete absence of physical evidence, these researchers argue that many of the reported sightings can be attributed to hoaxes or misidentification of conventional creatures and objects. They also argue that a small residue of reported Loch sightings could be paranormal, or supernatural in nature, i.e., having a temporal semi-physical construction, similar to other anomalous phenomena such as Bigfoot and UFOs.

Evidence

Evidence for

Some have argued a history of "monster" sightings in the loch is circumstantial evidence supporting the creature's existence. Note that these notions have been challenged.

In the early 1970s, a group led by American patent lawyer Robert Rines obtained some underwater photographs. One was a vague image, perhaps of a rhomboid flipper (others have argued the object could be air bubbles or a fish fin).

On the basis of this photograph, Sir Peter Scott, one of Britain's best-known naturalists, announced in 1975 that the scientific name of the monster would henceforth be Nessiteras rhombopteryx1 (Greek for "The Ness monster with diamond-shaped fin). This would enable Nessie to be added to a British register of officially protected wildlife. It has been noted by London newspapers that Nessiteras rhombopteryx is an anagram of "monster hoax by Sir Peter S." Monster-hunter Dr Robert Rines replied that the letters could also be rearranged to spell "Yes, both pix are monsters--R."

The underwater photos were obtained by painstakingly scouring the loch's depths with sonar, over the course of days, for unusual underwater activity. An underwater camera with an affixed, high-powered light (necessary for penetrating Loch Ness' famed murk) was then deployed to record images from below the surface. Several of the resulting photographs, despite their obviously murky quality, indeed seem to show an animal quite resembling a plesiosaur in various positions and lightings. A few close-ups of what is alleged to be the creature's diamond-shaped fin were also taken, in different positions, indicating movement.

Evidence against

Perhaps typical of the many unsatisfactory "facts" about Nessie is the alleged sighting of October 1871. In this incident, "D. Mackenzie" supposedly described seeing something that moved slowly before moving off at a faster speed. People who saw "the monster" were said to describe it as having a hump (sometimes more than one) that looked like an upturned boat. However, although this story has been repeated in several places, no original 1871 source has been cited, casting doubt on the report.

This famed "Surgeon's Photo" was confirmed a hoax, based on the deathbed confessions of Chris Spurling, son-in-law of Marmaduke Wetherell. Spurling claimed the photo, which inspired much popular interest in the monster, was actually a staged photograph of clay attached to a toy submarine. Wetherell, a big game hunter, had been tricked into searching for an imaginary monster around the loch based on evidence which turned out to be the result of children's prank.

He was publicly ridiculed in the Daily Mail, the journal which employed him. To get revenge, Marmaduke Wetherell set this hoax up, with the help of Chris Spurling (his son-in-law as mentioned), who was a specialist in sculpture, Ian Marmaduke (his son), who bought the material for the fake Nessie, and Maurice Chambers (an insurance agent), who was to call and ask Robert Wilson (a surgeon) to show the pictures. Well before Spurling's claims, however, others had argued the photo was that of an otter or a diving bird. Note that there are in fact two "Surgeon's Photos," which depict slightly different poses, leading some to argue the photos are evidence against a hoax. Also interesting to point out is that the surgeon who was credited for taking the photo never claimed he hadn't taken it either.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: A Scottish legend is cloned in the States.... Reply with quote

Your Nessie made of metal is in the news over here.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin


http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/230605/

Loch Ness sculpture

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A sculpture resembling the Loch Ness monster rises out of the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wis., on April 30, 2012. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources views the sculpture as an illegal obstruction to a navigable waterway and wants it removed. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Dan Reiland)



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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - It's an enchanting mystery and point of conversation for the local arts community, but the law sees a sculpture of a friendly monster to be an obstruction in the Chippewa River.


Appearing in the past couple of weeks, the sculpture is in the shape of the Loch Ness Monster, a creature nicknamed Nessie that is reputed to live in a deep Scottish lake.


The sculpted Eau Claire version pokes above the river just north of the Madison Street bridge in Eau Claire.


"It's happening more and more, guerilla installations like this," said Jason Lanka, a UW-Eau Claire assistant art professor. "It's a crossover from a graffiti tradition."


While spontaneous public art displays are more common in metropolitan areas with bigger art communities, Lanka said they are an easy way for artists anywhere to spur conversation about their work.


However, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources views the sculpture as an illegal obstruction in the river.


"Through some means, this obstruction will need to be removed to ensure the public's safety and to meet the standards of state law," Dan Baumann, acting director for the DNR's West Central Region, said in an e-mail.


State laws require DNR approval for any structure that stands below the ordinary high-water mark on all navigable streams, he said.


A person claiming to be the creator of the sculpture e-mailed the Leader-Telegram on Thursday, stating the sculpture will be removed voluntarily in the next 10 days. The e-mail contained details about the monster's construction, including that the eye in the sculpture is a red bottle cap, not a stone.


"As much as I would like to leave it there, I don't want the DNR finding out it was me and fining me for it," the e-mail stated.


The Eau Claire-based Menards home improvement retail chain is interested in acquiring the sculpture.


Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said the concrete artwork would be a good addition to retention ponds on one of its local properties.


"We have ponds and fountains on many of our properties, and seeing this piece of artwork in the Chippewa River spurred some conversation," he said in an e-mail to the Leader-Telegram.


Menards found the sculpture amusing, Abbott said, and "would probably have a modest budget to help defray expenses" to move the statue to one of the ponds.


Before hearing that Menards is interested in the statue, Baumann had contacted the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to inquire about potential dry land locations for the sculpture.


"Hopefully we can find a way to display it that doesn't create a violation of state law or a safety hazard," Baumann wrote.


So far there hasn't been a big demand from the public to have it removed. Prior to Tuesday the DNR hadn't heard about the sculpture, and city police had not received any bad reviews of the art.


"We haven't had any calls or complaints," said Eau Claire police spokesman Kyle Roder.


The police also don't know who put the sculpture in the river or when.


Artistically speaking


Lanka, the university's sculpture instructor, said the river sculpture appears to be made from cement poured into custom molds to form the body, head and tail. A red stone serves as an eye, and holes with plastic piping in them allow river water to pass through the body of the beast.


Based on the monster's friendly look and a wood-carved giant rabbit head that appeared late last year in the same spot, Lanka said the works are associated with kitsch and pop culture.


"It's interesting. It's kinda cool," he said.


With just two pieces to consider, Lanka said the meaning of the art cannot be ascertained, but it could be as simple as spurring a conversation about art.


Benny Haas, owner of downtown art supply store Benny HaHa, 204 S. Barstow St., agreed that the monster could have been planted just to spur a discussion of the arts in a public forum.


"It's getting us to have the conversation," he said. "I do love the arts being pushed and embraced throughout our community."


Haas, a promoter of the Eau Claire Sculpture Tour, said the monster's appearance is unrelated to the sanctioned sculpture tour, which begins its second year next week with the installation of 31 new works along downtown streets and outside Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.


Local lore


Haas first spotted the sculpture Tuesday morning while driving his son to school. It reminded the two of a fallen log on Long Lake that had been painted a few years ago to resemble a sea serpent.


The appearance of sea monsters in art could be a reflection of childhood stories told about creatures swimming in Wisconsin waterways, Haas said.


Chad Lewis, author of several books of strange tales and an Eau Claire-based paranormal investigator, said he's collected reports of aquatic beasts sighted years ago from about three dozen Wisconsin lakes, but never anything specific to Eau Claire.


He's been told very vague stories about a serpent in the Chippewa River, but Lewis never heard a first-hand account or any evidence to back them up.


"Over the years I jokingly called it ‘Chippy,' " he said of the rumored river monster.


Lewis has collected newspaper accounts from the early 20th century of a large swordfish caught on the Eau Claire River and a large black snake reported on Water Street.


"We do have some accounts of weird things being in the river from the past," he said.


And there may be more in the future. The anonymous artist — who goes by the name "The Phoenix" — claimed credit in his e-mail for both Nessie and a wooden carving in the shape of a rabbit's head that appeared in the river last year. They won't be the last, according to the e-mail.


"There will be more artwork to come, but I will have to check into laws a bit more," the writer said.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 3:59 am    Post subject: Irish lake monster exposed! Reply with quote

Swim baby, swim!

Wow! Check out Ireland's kin to Loch Ness' legendary Nessie!

My Twitter post...edited here for a few more spaces for better content!


Is this a Loch Ness Monster relative on film? - Heritage - Scotsman.com: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle...lm-1-2915926#.UYXWvIYByO8.twitter Bigger monsters due to global warming! LOL Cool pic!

As you start the video watch closely. This swimming giant animated object from somewhere in the Animal Kingdom does not take a breath of air when it breaks the surface.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Coast to Coast AM ref last night's first hour..... Reply with quote

Angus Dinsdale was the guest of Coast's host George Noory last night.

He's written a book about his father Tim Dinsdale.

"The Man Who Filmed Nessie"

Have a look and do watch the large object swimming in Loch Ness.

Under "Tim's Nessie Film" - April 23, 1960

http://www.themanwhofilmednessie.com/tims-nessie-film.html

   
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: This creature exists off Scotland's shores! Reply with quote

Frilled shark pic

2005 news

This creature's teeth match the barbed tooth found in a Scottish red deer's rib on the rocky shore of Loch Ness. And made famous by Bill McDonald, scuba adventurer, and author Steve Alton.

http://likes.com/weird/these-frea...m25se8vClDQILDeH1k4bXQL11xF7WZ0fO


 
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Nessie Review of 2014


She, he or it is still a mystery; news up dates from this near past year.


http://lochnessmystery.blogspot.com/2014/12/nessie-review-of-2014.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:50 am    Post subject: Re: This creature exists off Scotland's shores! Reply with quote

Malaria_Kidd wrote:
Frilled shark pic

2005 news

This creature's teeth match the barbed tooth found in a Scottish red deer's rib on the rocky shore of Loch Ness. And made famous by Bill McDonald, scuba adventurer, and author Steve Alton.

http://likes.com/weird/these-frea...m25se8vClDQILDeH1k4bXQL11xF7WZ0fO


 


Hmm! Taking a closer look at the teeth of a fresh caught/rare caught frilled shark off the coast of Oz. I don't think those teeth match the single barbed tooth taken from a red deer's rib by US college students on holiday some years ago on Loch Ness' rocky shore.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-0...found-in-victorian-waters/6028524


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