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100 Most Strangest Myst

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Loch Ness, Scotland. Could this be the home of a
plesiosaur?

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The Loch Ness Monster

saw had a large bulky body, with flippers, a
long neck and a small head.
Over the years, many people have tried to
capture the creature on film. One Nessie
witness managed to take a rather incon-
clusive photograph of something appearing
from the water in 1933. In 1934 a London
doctor released a most mysterious
photograph of the monster to the public. It
showed a strange head and neck appearing
from the water; 60 years later it was revealed
to be a fake. In April 1960 an aeronautical
engineer used a 16mm movie camera to film
something moving through the loch’s waves.
Although it has never been established
exactly what is captured on the film, experts
at the Royal Air Force’s photographic
department have verified that the footage is
not a fake and has not been tampered with.
Dinsdale himself devoted the rest of his life
to finding Nessie.
Recent years have also provided new
sightings. In June 1993, a couple were on the
bank of the loch when they saw a huge,
strange creature lolling about in the water.
They said it must have been about 40-feet-
long, with a giraffe-like neck and very light
brown flesh. Later that same evening, a
father and son were on their way home when
they spotted something odd in the water.
They later told reporters they saw an animal
with a neck like a giraffe swimming swiftly
away from the shore. Because of the
evidence accrued during these two episodes,
bookmakers William Hill slashed the odds of
there really being a Loch Ness Monster from
500-1 to 100-1.
Despite over 3,000 similar sightings by
private individuals, Nessie has always been
coy about exposing herself to dedicated,
scientific research teams. The Academy of
Applied Science from Boston, Massachusetts
operated the first extensive expedition in the
early 1970s. Using underwater cameras and

sonar equipment, the project captured
images of what looked like an eight-foot-long
flipper, an unusual 20-foot-long aquatic
body, and even a hazy photo of a creature’s
face. However, an organised, structured
sonar sweep of the loch in 1987, named
‘Operation Deepscan’, revealed the earlier
portrait picture of Nessie was actually a tree
stump. That said, Deepscan did report
various, unaccounted-for, large sonar echoes
moving about in the extreme depths of the
loch.

Although these hunts have proved incon-
clusive, other recent scientific evidence has
been more hopeful. In March 2000, a team of
Norwegian scientists, the Global Underwater
Search Team, picked up bizarre noises in the
loch’s water. At one point whatever was
making the sounds even crashed into the
team’s underwater microphone. This group
had already recorded unusual sounds from
another mythically monster-infested lake in
Norway. The strange noises found in Loch
Ness are described as a cross between a
snorting horse and a pig eating, closely
matching the experiences in Norway. Not
only does this suggest there are unknown
creatures in both lakes, but they might
actually be related. In recent years, sonar
equipment has also discovered huge
underwater caverns opening onto the bottom

The first photo of the Loch Ness Monster, which
sparked the current ‘Nessiemania’.

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Beasts & Monsters

of the loch. These structures have been
termed ‘Nessie’s Lair’, and may well be large
enough to house and hide a whole family of
monsters.

It is agreed that a breeding colony of beasts

would be needed to continue its existence,

and some witness accounts have reported

more than one Nessie appearing on the

water’s surface. Nessie’s actual species is still

unknown although experts have suggested it

may be a manatee or type of primitive whale.

It my also be a large otter, a long-necked seal,

a huge eel, or even a giant walrus. However,

Nessie seems to bear a much stronger

resemblance to a creature now thought to be

extinct. This is called the plesiosaur, a marine

dinosaur that has not been found on Earth for

over 60 million years. It had large flippers, a

small head and a large body, and some experts

believe a few of these animals were stranded

in the loch after the last Ice Age.
None of these suggestions are completely
plausible. Even if the plesiosaur did survive
the disaster that wiped out the rest of its
fellow prehistoric creatures, it is generally
believed to be a cold-blooded animal, and
would find the chilly environment of a
Scottish lake too cold to survive. If Nessie is
really a modern day aquatic mammal like a
whale or a seal, then it would constantly
have to come to the surface for air, resulting
in many more sightings. One cannot help but
feel there might actually be something in the
murky depths of Loch Ness. With a
continued interest that actually grows with
each unsuccessful scientific study, this loch
remains the home of the world’s most
mysterious, unexplainable monster.

Monster hunters: the search for Nessie goes on.

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‘WE

KNOW

MORE

ABOUT

the
surface of the moon than we do
about the bottom of our deepest
oceans,’ so the old saying goes. It is an adage
that, over time, is proving more and more
relevant. What creatures actually do lurk at
the bottom of the sea? Around the Bahamas
and the southeast American coast there are
tales of a giant octopus that captures unwary
swimmers and small boats. The people of the
islands call it the ‘Lusca’ and believe it lives
in deep underwater caves. However, no one
has ever seen the creature in it natural
environment and lived to tell the tale.
One evening in November 1896 two men
were cycling along the coast just outside
their hometown of St Augustine, Florida. As
they looked over the beach, they noticed a
huge carcass. It was 23 feet long, 18 feet
wide, four feet high, and it seemed to have
multiple legs. The two men decided to tell Dr
Dewitt Webb, the founder of the St
Augustine Historical Society and Institute of
Science, who came to examine the corpse.
Webb photographed the body, noting it
was a silvery pink colour, and took samples.
Webb recorded that the skin was axe-proof,
being three and a half inches thick. He also
estimated that the body weighed around six
or seven tonnes. It needed four horses and a
whole team of people from the local

community to drag it the painstaking 40 feet
up the beach in order to keep it away from
the rolling waves.
Webb was convinced it was not part of a
whale, and must have been some kind of
unknown giant octopus, so he sent letters
describing the carcass to many eminent
scientists. One such expert was Professor
Verrill at the National Museum (now called

the Smithsonian) in Washington DC. Verrill
stated that the creature was actually a squid.
When Webb sent him more information, he
changed his mind and said it was an
octopus. Verrill suggested it probably had
tentacles around 100 feet long.
Verrill refused to see the dead creature in
person, or indeed to provide any funds or
resources to help preserve the sea monster.

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