Skip to comments.Is the Loch Ness Monster Dead? Nessie has not been seen in over a year and may be gone.
Posted on 02/11/2014 6:55:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A veteran custodian of Loch Ness monster sightings is concerned that Nessie has not been seen in well over a year, and may be gone, according to a news report. This is the first time in nearly 90 years that such a lengthy lag in sightings has occurred.
Gary Campbell, who lives in Inverness in the United Kingdom has been keeping records of Loch Ness monster 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." (Apparently three reports of possible Nessie sightings in 2013 were discredited after closer scrutiny, The Inverness Courier reported.)
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. [Rumor or Reality: The 10 Creatures of Cryptozoology]
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,
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Pinin’ for the fjords he was.
Naw. Nessie and Bigfoot are vacationing with Elvis and JFK somewhere in the Bahamas.
Maybe it’s because it doesn’t exist. Today everyone has a high quality camera on their phones so it’s pretty hard to get a pic or vid of a shadow or something and make it convincing that it’s a prehistoric animal.
It’s dead, Jim.
Yep, with the little grey aliens and their pet chupacabras.
I bet they find a note one day: “So long and thanks for all the fish.”
Well if a report of a sighting is all that’s needed to bring her back then I’m sure someone will oblige.
“Well if a report of a sighting is all thats needed to bring her back then Im sure someone will oblige.”
No doubt, as I understand it the area has quite a cottage industry going that is built around this. If that get’s threatend someone will surly have a “sighting”.
threatend = threatened
Hmmm...didn’t some HUMONGOUS snake thing wash ashore in Japan a month or so ago? Maybe Nessie? Seems reasonable, the Loch must open to the sea somewhere.
Damn, you beat me to it.
Don’cha know. Wink wink, nudge nudge.
Well done Shibumi-san.
Yeh I think what they are complaining about is not that Nessie has necessarily gone away but that the sighters of Nessie have fallen down on the job.
When people have a fear of the unknown they get carried away with their imaginations.(bigfoot ,sea serpents,space aliens, etc.)-Tom
You can’t miss you ain’t got. You can’t lose what you ain’t never had.
Was that the oarfish?
‘E's shuffled off this mortal coil.
Joined the choir invisible.
He is no more.
Nessie is an Ex-monster
Deploy the Delochinator.
No matter what you may have heard, I had *nothing* to do with this.
I was nowhere near the place and it was like that when I found it.
The most plausible explanation for Nessie as real is that it is a mutant eel that never matured and kept growing. Although rare, such eels can become quite large. Specimens might appear sporadically, reside in Loch Ness for a time, and then die off or migrate to the sea. This would account for the intermittent nature of Nessie sightings and for similar reports from other fresh water bodies of water.
Or a separate species of large eel with a small population. Either way, those explanations may not be as sexy as a plesiosaur, but are more plausible.
I’ve passed by/visited Loch Ness twice since 2006. I didn’t see any trace of the critter. But several times my view was obstructed by this very large (8 ft.), smelly, human looking creature....what was the name they called it?...BigToe, BigMitts, Big something. I wish BigA.. or whatever it’s called would have gotten out my view so I could have seen the lake better.
The lack of a species of giant eel being known to science is against that possibility, as opposed to rare mutant eels that grow to giant size, which are known to science. Then again, the the murky deeps of the oceans and large fresh water lakes continue to hold mysteries. Like you, I surmise, I hope that there is a species of giant eel yet to be discovered.
Is the Loch Ness Monster Dead?
No. Sir Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland’s local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its local residents and all those who seek for the peaceful existence of our underwater ally.
Global warming, no doubt.
...as opposed to rare mutant eels that grow to giant size, which are known to science.
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I have to ask: Just how big are these mutant eels known to grow?
A European conger eel has been caught that weighed 265 pounds and was ten and a half feet long. Plausibly, they can grow larger.
Um, wow. So let’s imagine a 13 or 15-foot eel . . . I think I’d call that a sea monster too! ;)
Has anyone checked the Potomac River?
Imagine it on a lake like Loch Ness, swimming on the surface.
Just gone south for the ice age aka climate change.
Loch Ness Monster? He’s a giant crustacean from the Paleolithic Era. Often seen asking for Tree Fiddy, sometimes disguised as a Girl Scout selling cookies.
Do you think that Nessie went extinct 90 years ago also?
He’s dead Gibbs
He stole some tourists haggis and it done him in.
I believe it was an oarfish.