My Successful Search for The Lochness Monster11/22/2010
The Lochness Monster, legend of all legends, a mythical creature “allegedly” lurking in the deep depths of Lake Lochness is the subject of many adventure seeking expeditions.
Cryptozoologists flock to Lochness on fact finding frenzies. I know not of an animal that has been the center of more hoaxes than the Lochness Monster.
Here is one of my favorite Lochness Expeditions.
Before we get to my Lochness excursion, let’s see how The Lochness Monster became such a mythical creature. Many believe the animal to be a surviving line of Plesiosaurs, which became extinct 65 million years ago.
565 AD – The first reports of a prehistoric creature at Lochness Lake began when a man was attacked and killed by a “water beast” at the River Ness.
1933 – Various other reports occurred throughout time, but the 1st modern sighting made newspapers when a local couple explained of a “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface”.
1934 – A surgeon captures a picture of the real Lochness Monster! Not really. Years later that picture, which I used at the top of the page, was proven a fake.
1954 – A sonar reading from a fishing boat reports of a large object keeping pace with the boat at 480ft. Later attempts have been made, but most come back inconclusive.
1962 – 1972 – Various studies and expeditions take place at Lake Lochness during this time. None could uncover without a shout of a doubt that Nessy exists.
1987 – Operation Deep Scan occurs, the biggest sonar exploration of Lochness ever. Again a large moving animal detected, results inconclusive.
2003 – BBC sponsored search, most high tech of its time finds no evidence of a large water creature.
2010 – I explore Lake Lochness. Could I finally have the evidence that verifies the existence of The Lochness Monster???
My 2010 Lochness Monster Report
Lake Lochness is one beautiful lake. The journey to Lochness, through The Highlands was one of the most scenic rides I’ve ever experienced.
Here is a photo of The Highlands I snapped on the way back
I arrived at Lake Lochness about mid-afternoon with my pocket sized HD camera ready to go. The weather was anything but stable. I experienced a cold late January snow storm in the morning, and sunny scattered showers in the afternoon.
I boarded my exploration vessel, The Nessy, and sat next to a green, smiling stuffed Lochness Monster doll. Apparently someone at the toy manufacturing company had spotted the legendary beast!
The conditions appeared ideal for a sighting, clear skies, a large boat, and about 30 tourists snapping photos from the deck.
All kidding aside, Lochness Lake is truly a spectacular body of water. The rock formations carve out postcard-perfect scenery.
This photo was taken on land
Photo below snapped on the Nessy boat.
My journey lasted about 45 minutes and we did not have any sightings of a large unknown creature lurking in the water. I did see a black goat wandering around on the rock of the photo above.
Nevertheless, an old guide lifted my spirits by showing me a picture of a brownish green serpent like animal protruding out of the water that could have a resemblance to an unknown entity. The photo was snapped from an early morning canoe ride he took a few years back. Could this be the tell-tell proof? I couldn’t see a head in the picture, only an arch like backbone sinking into the depths below.
My search was successful because the Highlands and Lake Lochness offer a nature rich experience. I have extreme doubts about the existence of The Lochness Monster, but have conclusive evidence of the tremendous scenary at the magical lake.
I’ll leave you with video I shot at Lochness. Could I have accidentally filmed a prehistoric animal on the Nessy boat? You be the judge.