Norwegian ‘Nessie’: John Kirk Update

Posted by: John Kirk on August 14th, 2012

I was advised of this photograph last week and began to investigate the background of the gentlemen who were involved in the taking of the picture. I can tell you that Andreas Solvik is an impeccable guy and is one of Norway’s top marksmen and the manager of a local gun club. He has a very good reputation and is very unlikely to do anything untoward.

During the past week I have watched the photo evolve on a number of sites and believe that some copies of the image have been Photshopped to improve clarity. I don’t think the image has been altered too much from the original which can be found here.

This is the local paper at Hornindalsvatnet where the sighting took place. I continue to investigate this remarkable photo and will be happy to share any other findings here with the readership of Cryptomundo if and when I discover anything new. For now I cautiously state that this looks like it is genuine..

John Kirk About John Kirk
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.

9 Responses to “Norwegian ‘Nessie’: John Kirk Update”

  1. shill responds:

    I’m not sure anyone doubted it was “geniune” (not photoshopped) but that it is a living creature is an entire other matter.

    What looks like this or moves this way?

  2. PhotoExpert responds:

    John, I am not sure the link you have here actually goes to “the original photo”.

    The linked photo appears to have been cropped. The one Craig originally put up here in a thread shows a wider angle including skyline and rippled water coming from the photographer’s perspective. So I am not so sure that link is to the original photo but rather, a cropped photo of the original.

  3. Corilyn Guessman via Facebook responds:

    Ya u bet ya!

  4. alan borky responds:

    John what I find most intriguing about this picture is unlike most other lake monster pics which usually give one the impression if what you’re looking at was real it’d have to be something big and beefy like a pleiosaur it seems to be an example of what one might call the ‘evil hosepipe’ or ‘wyrm’ type of critter usually seen decorating the borders of medieval bestiaries.

    Until now at least I’d always assumed such images were to be understood as mere artistic embellishments to fill in empty space rather than representations of an actual beast.

  5. John Kirk responds:

    Photo expert is correct in saying it is a cropped version, but it is of the original image without photoshopping. You can see the original cloudy pixelation in certain parts of the image which have been subsequently cleaned up on other sites.

    Shill, how do you know how it moves? It’s a still photo. Also, because we don’t know anything else that looks like this, if it is real then it is an UNKNOWN creature. Norwegian lake serpents are cryptids so there is nothing else to compare them to.

    alan borky, this object fits the description of Norwegian lake cryptids to a “T” and I must admit it does seem too perfect. But maybe Andreas Solvik has finally actually got a good shot of an unknown ormen in Horninsdalvatnet. Only time and further investigation will tell.

  6. dconstrukt responds:

    LOL how can you sit there and say its an unknown creature?

    there’s something in the water. yes.

    what is it?

    you can’t tell from the photo, but to sit there and say its some unknown animal is just flat out bs.

    could it be? yes

    is it likely? no

    this is why people think these things are fake… because people post nonsense like this and swear on their lives that its a sea serpent.

    I’d only post something when its obvious beyond a reasonable doubt.

    this photo is nonsense in my book.

  7. scotteb responds:

    The issue like this and 99% of Crypto photos is just this, what we have and what we don’t have. In this day and age, almost every camera is digital and can hold 1000’s of images and almost all can film motion as well. This from the date on the link, seems to be a recent picture. Why do we always get one, and only one somewhat blurry photo? Never a series of shots or switch to film mode. I guess someone will say, well maybe this thing went under. Not if it was a log or inanimate object, IE no second picture either. 🙂

  8. John Kirk responds:

    dconstrukt are you unable to see the word IF. IF the photo is real, and I haven’t said it is, and IF the object behaves as the witnesses said, then it is an unknown creature. Don’t come on this forum and pontificate about people posting nonsense.

    Don’t you dare condemn people like Andreas Solvik who put his reputation as one of Norway’s most famous international calibre marksmen to testify to the apparent living organism he saw in Hornindalsvatnet. He used his own name unlike you who hide behind a moniker to take pot shots and badly miss the target. I believe a decent respectable man like Solvik who is highly esteemed in his country when he says he saw and photographed unusual in the lake and he believes it is an unknown creature. You have no right whatsoever to say this is BS. You weren’t there you did not see it move and submerge like Solvik says he did.

    I don’t mind skepticism because it is healthy. I can’t stand cynicism and cynics like you have no place in this discussion.

  9. dconstrukt responds:

    listen, I’d love nothing more than for all these things to be true and real… its fascinating… however without proof (in my mind) you’ve got nothing.

    and btw, I’m leaving my comments… thats what the box is here for …. i’m simply stating my opinion… and in my opinion, this photo is inconclusive…

    I’m sure he’s a great guy and has a good reputation, but you’re asking people to believe that there’s an unknown sea serpent in norway, simply based on his reputation?

    Unfortunately that doesn’t cut the mustard.

    If you’d ask us to believe its a common fish, bird, etc, because its a “normal” animal, I’d have no problems taking you for your word, however you’re asking people to believe you without any solid proof.

    like i said, i’m sure he’s a great guy… and i hope whatever he says he saw was real and is nor ways nessie…

    but without proof it’s nothing but a story.

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