Loch Ness Monster Is Found! (Kind of. Not Really.)

Apr 14, 2016

Photo credit: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

By Daniel Victor

After many decades of folklore and research, the Loch Ness monster has finally been found by an underwater drone.

O.K., it was just a movie prop version of the fabled sea serpent that sank to the bottom of the Scottish lake in 1969 discovered by researchers hunting for Nessie’s lair. But still, that’s also pretty cool.

Researchers found the 30-foot prop, made for the 1970 Billy Wilder film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,” 180 meters down on the bed of the lake in April. It had sunk during production in 1969 and a new Nessie was created for the film, which starred Christopher Lee and Robert Stephens.

It was not, to the disappointment of believers, the actual sea creature of legend that has attracted hordes of tourists to Scotland since its first sighting in 1933. Though its existence is largely considered to be a myth, over 1,000 people claim to have personally seen it, according to Adrian Shine, the lead researcher at the Loch Ness Project.

Researchers from Kongsberg Maritime sent the robot underwater to previously unreached territory in search of “Nessie’s Trench,” a crevice that a tour boat operator claimed to have found in January. Maybe, just maybe, that was the hide-out of the elusive sea serpent?

Nope. The marine drone, with its sonar-imaging technology that is otherwise used in searches for downed aircraft and ships, did not find an anomaly or abyss in the area thought to contain the trench, but it did happen upon the old movie prop.

“Nessie’s Lair didn’t exist,” Mr. Shine said in a phone interview. “The Loch Ness Monster, kind of, did.”


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12 comments on “Loch Ness Monster Is Found! (Kind of. Not Really.)

  • Adrian Shine

    The James Randi of the deep, a fluid quest in understanding folk’s phantastic observations of the ‘monster’.

    I can envision, in the not too distant future, people renting personal diving pods to explore the Loch. As intimated, even if cold hard information is found, why would some still want to believe in ‘Nessie’. Naturally, these feelings are ubiquitous, not just ‘Nessie’.



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  • @OP – Researchers from Kongsberg Maritime sent the robot underwater to previously unreached territory in search of “Nessie’s Trench,” a crevice that a tour boat operator claimed to have found in January.

    Ah! Tour boat operators and the hotel industry –
    No surprises as to why the myth has lasted so long!

    That reminds me of the canny Scots joke about the old shepherd selling little brown “learning tablets” to tourists – for only $10 a pack!

    Having bought some and tasted one, the souvenir hunting city-dweller exclaimed, “UUurrrh that tastes just like sheep dung!“!!!!!!

    “Aye! You’re learning already laddie!”



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  • “It’s because we want it to be true,” Mr. Shine said. “All of us, even skeptics like me, I’m still trying to find out what people are seeing.”

    Good old confirmation bias. “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”.

    R P Feynman.

    Lovely story though.



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  • I’m still hopeful RE:

    “Last week, Japanese scientists explaced… placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Court Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland’s local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its residents, and all those who seek a peaceful existence with our underwater ally.”



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    Pinball1970 says:

    I like this story.

    The LNM has documented living eye witness accounts, photographs AND videos of attesting to her existence.
    That is much harder evidence than either Christianity Judaism or Islam!



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    Pinball1970 says:

    @bonnie2 “it is clear from the FSM Gospel that “religious clothing” means a pirate costume and “communion” is a large portion of spaghetti and meatballs.”

    Brilliant this made me laugh out loud Bonnie

    I good dose of Nessy, Richard’s odd socks and stories like this are needed sometimes



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  • Pinball1970 #7
    Apr 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

    The LNM has documented living eye witness accounts, photographs AND videos of attesting to her existence.

    Videos have a habit of turning out to be floating logs or debris, but I have it on good authority, that the number of observations by eye witnesses can be greatly increased when assisted by spiritual influences – obtainable from the local distillery!



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    Cairsley says:

    To Alan4discussion #9

    … the number of observations by eye witnesses can be greatly increased when assisted by spiritual influences – obtainable from the local distillery!

    Mind-altering drugs, like the spirits to which you allude, are thought by many to heighten awareness, indeed to raise one to levels of consciousness that far exceed the common sense whereby we lead our ordinary lives. Have the good people of Loch Ness considered holding an annual carnival or festival at which visitors can be readily aided to attain the heightening of consciousness needed to perceive, even if only to catch a glimpse of, so elusive a being as Nessie?



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  • Cairsley #10
    Apr 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Have the good people of Loch Ness considered holding an annual carnival or festival at which visitors can be readily aided to attain the heightening of consciousness needed to perceive, even if only to catch a glimpse of, so elusive a being as Nessie?

    Have a guess! ( I mentioned “Canny Scots”, boat trips, and the hotel trade earlier!)

    http://www.lochnessmarathon.com/event-info/festival/

    Festival on Race Day

    The Event Village at Bught Park is open 09.00-16.00 on Sunday 25 September, and entry is free.

    Baxters Food & Drink Fayre



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