We’ve all heard the stories about the Loch Ness Monster, nicknamed Nessie. She’s said to live in the Loch Ness, a manmade lake in Scotland — that just happens to be one of the most famous lakes in history. Recently, scientists from New Zealand reported that they’ve found something to make them believe that the Loch Ness Monster could have been real – and they may have actual scientific proof via a recently completed study they did on the Loch.
Although the Loch Ness is completely obscured because of the peat moss that surrounds it, and “lives” on the bottom of the Loch, sonar, radar, and other methods have been used to “dredge” and scan the lake in order to find what’s beneath its mysterious waters. But, except for the (now proven fake) photograph taken in 1934, and the prop used for a Doctor Who shows, there has been no definitive proof that Nessie existed… Until now, anyway – potentially.
In 2017, a research team hailing from New Zealand’s University of Otago studied the Loch and found some potential evidence that they called “surprising.” Apparently, they’ve said, the Loch Ness Monster may have existed in real life. But… The Loch Ness isn’t the only loch that exists today. According to historical records, two others, the Loch Oich and Loch Lochy formed after tectonic plates collided in Scotland that runs from Fort William until the Great Glen. Eventually, these lochs filled with flood waters, and apparently, the way the light hits the water “seems” to make people see what they want to see.
But, in this case, Neil Gemmell, the leader of the research team, said that while dredging and searching the Loch, they took DNA samples from everything that currently lives there. And, while they haven’t released official findings yet, he said that:
“We’ve tested each one of the main monster hypotheses and three of them we can probably say aren’t right and one might be.”
So what are the rumors?
One credible rumor believes that the Loch Ness Monster is a sturgeon or other large fish that got caught or released in the Loch some time ago. Alternatively, a group of that species of fish made their homes there.
— Cass Anderson (@casspa) August 26, 2016
Another rumor believes that Nessie is:
“… A long-necked plesiosaur that somehow survived the period when dinosaurs became extinct.”
— The Sunday Post (@Sunday_Post) October 29, 2017
This particular rumor has been investigated multiple times. Most notably by Jeremy Wade, the host of the Animal Planet show, the River Monsters. According to the show, Wade investigated the Loch and found a few things to support the theory that the Loch Ness Monster was real, but also found a few things that supported the thought that it wasn’t.
What Wade found is truly mysterious, but caught on unedited videotape, so it may or may not be real.
Some of the “known” photos of Nessie appear to be very similar to what looks like an overturned boat hull – and that’s exactly what Jeremy Wade found when he investigated. But, his investigation also led him to Greenland, to hunt the Greenland Shark – a species that could very easily be mistaken by a passerby as the Loch Ness Monster.
According to Wade, via the report:
“The Greenland Shark could have been mistaken for the Loch Ness Monster since it’s not your typical shark – it’s dark and has a small dorsal fin. hunts in deep.[sic] dark water and only occasional surfaces.[sic]”
According to the Discovery Channel:
“If something looks like food … this shark will gobble it down. Some Greenland shark stomachs have contained pieces of horses and polar bears. One shark even consumed an entire reindeer, antlers and all.’”
— The Ice Age (@Jamie_Woodward_) March 5, 2018
So, between the obviously faked photograph from the 1930s to the recent “discovery” by Jeremy Wade, what are the people supposed to think? Is this really the Loch Ness Monster?
The truth is … we really don’t know yet. The researchers believe they have four theories, but three aren’t plausible. As we noted before, one of their theories may be “real.”
One reason might be that that’s how the researchers left the interview, noting that there “may” be something to believe. The researchers plan to publish the results in September. Only then will we know for sure if they Loch Ness Monster is actually real – or just a figment of the collective imaginations of locals.
Featured Image: Loch Ness Monster via Pixabay