Loch Ness Monster News

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 13th, 2005

A couple of reports out of Scotland the last few days…

First, the biggest earthquake to hit Scotland in 20 years struck about 11:30 PM last Saturday night. It was only a force-three quake. The article did contain some interesting "facts" however.

Earthquakes have even been suggested as a cause for one of Scotland’s most famous legends – the Loch Ness monster.

Early reports of Nessie date back to the 7th century, when a monster is said to have appeared before St Columba "with strong shaking". Some scientists believe that gas bubbles and disturbance of the surface of Loch Ness caused by earthquakes are at the root of the Nessie legend.

Second, a nearly complete fossilised plesiosaur skeleton was auctioned in London Monday. The winning bid, £35,700, roughly 63,100 USD took the first ever plesiosaur skeleton ever sold on the open market.

The numerous articles mentioning the auction also all throw out this factoid:

The creature is thought to be the most popular explanation for the mythical Loch Ness monster.

The article from the Scotsman quotes Nessie researcher Mikko Takala, who claims to have captured video of the Loch Ness Monster this past July, as saying:

"The creature was estimated to be about three and a half meters long and was about 50 metres offshore. No photo trickery has been used, although some other, sadly envious, ‘researchers’ are already making such unfounded and spiteful allegations," he said.

"It has not been scientifically proven that a herd of plesiosaurs does not live in Loch Ness and many people have seen things with their own eyes."

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

7 Responses to “Loch Ness Monster News”

  1. 2400bc responds:

    The people who bought that plesiosaur skeleton for $63,000 dollars are going to be mad when they get it home and realize it was just the remains of a basking shark!

  2. JohnShirley responds:

    Where’s this video of Nessie captured in July? Is he not showing it to people? I find Nessie more believable than bigfoot. Also deep sea ‘monsters’. I could almost believe there might be a dinosaur in some pocket of jungle fastness yet, too. Almost.

    I like the Mothman story but think it was probably a combination of sighting of a big bird (not the one from Sesame street) and urban-myth making. Or should i say urban moth-making.

  3. embrynat2000 responds:

    Let’s see the tape!

    Video talks and B.S. walks buddy!!

  4. Craig Woolheater responds:

    Ask and ye shall receive. Here is a link to a still from the video.


  5. 2400bc responds:

    I just went to that link provided by Craig and was not impressed. The first sentence was rather boastful for such a modest photo, although maybe seeing the actual video is more convincing.

    Below the photo they said “Finally, the image to silence all the sceptics and Nessie nay-sayers. Innovative Loch Ness researcher and local commentator, Mikko Takala, has managed to obtain this clear photograph of Nessie – a plesiosaur – in Loch Ness.”

    I believe there is a family of plesiosaurs in Loch Ness (among other great lakes around the world), but photos like this are not what convinces me.

    If this is their idea of a clear photo then I’d hate to see the unclear ones.

  6. embrynat2000 responds:

    looks like a stick floating in a lake to me.
    These guys always claim to have videotapes to try to generate a little buzz with their name attached. When they are finally exposed as frauds or crazy, they hurt the credibility of all cryptozoology.

  7. pitch black moon responds:

    Recent research on plesiosaurs suggests that it would have been totally impossible for such a creature to swim with its neck out of the water like that. It would be akin to us sitting down by bending our legs foreward at the knee, resulting in broken legs. This photo and video are a bunch of baloney.

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