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Update: Nessie Video Stabilized

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 1st, 2007

Gordon Holmes Loch Ness Monster

The following stabilizations of the new “Nessie” video were created and sent to Cryptomundo by Bill Appleton, Chief Technology Officer, DreamFactory Software, Inc. of Mountain View, CA.

It is great footage that seems to show a hump, and then a long neck (perhaps even a head). Eel? Seal? Cryptid long-necked seal? Nessie? Unfortunately, without any reference points, the next question has to be: How big is this?

Also, as I’ve said before, film footage is a form of an eyewitness’s experience and needs to be investigated as such. Background checks and a history need to be created on Gordon Holmes. For someone to have popped up after six years of doing research at Loch Ness, sort of out of the blue, what kind of footprint has he left before this event? Could this be a test of some sort of how new images would be treated on the world stage?

Of course, too, I want to congratulate Gordon Holmes, an apparently patient investigator at Loch Ness who took some footage and made it available for the world to view without melodrama or a huge publicity build-up.

Time will tell, but he may have captured the most talked about visuals of a cryptid for 2007.

Amazing footage, especially after you view it in light of the stablized video.

Therefore, here below is how technology can help us all see more clearly what Gordon Holmes camera “saw.” Let the analyses begin.

The first series of animated stills have been stabilized.

Gordon Holmes Loch Ness Monster

The second series of animated stills have been slowed down by 50%.

Gordon Holmes Loch Ness Monster

My thanks to Bill Appleton for sharing these with me for posting at Cryptomundo, with his permission.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


28 Responses to “Update: Nessie Video Stabilized”

  1. Richard888 responds:

    There seem to be two (or more) creatures. The wake is caused by two points that veer off in different directions at times. I am surprised no one else commented on this. Frankly, it reminds me of mating behaviour.

  2. Richard888 responds:

    I just realized that at CNN you can watch the entire video.

  3. Sunny responds:

    Wow. Even stabilised and slowed down — it doesn’t look conclusively like anything that has already been documented.

    I’m not saying it’s Nessie — but that I’m really looking forward to hearing more about this one.

  4. Morgoth responds:

    The creature does not separate into two pieces, what you see is the head popping back up through the waves. I can see:

    1) Small head on extended neck

    2) Massive dark body under the waves

    3) Hints of flippers moving to propel body

    4) Forward motion slows when head pops up

    5) Natural swimming motion where the body curls under then head pops up

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    Does anyone have footage of that Japanese “Nessie toy” filmed actually “swimming,” for comparison?

    Thanks
    Loren

  6. unitedcats responds:

    I’m seeing a wave, created where the wakes of two or more boats intersected. Looks really cool and it’s easy to see why people think there’s something there, but it’s just the brain trying to make sense out of something that has a perfectly prosaic explanation. It’s going to take close up shots of Nessie to convince me. :)

  7. daledrinnon responds:

    What the video seems to show is an animal only in the front of the darkened area with a fanned-out disturbance in the back of that area. It has a small head on a short length of neck in front which is however very flexible and is moving around in both vertical and lateral planes. The ‘forking’ effect is due to a ripple in the water and not due to the animal’s front end changing shape.

  8. Ceroill responds:

    Interesting.

  9. CryptoGoji responds:

    I definitely see a head and flippers of some kind, but unitedcats makes a point, the human mind tries to make sense of what it sees and associates known things to piece together what it sees, ie shapes in the clouds. I still don’t think that it’s a fish or eel, but the more I look at it the more a seal or otter comes to mind. The one thing that bothers me is seals don’t normally swim with their head ” bobbing ” quite like this thing does. Without anything to compare it to size and shape its up in the air as to what it might be, but its still a very interesting piece of footage none the less.

  10. DARHOP responds:

    You guys’s eyes must be better than mine… All I see is shadow… No head, no flippers… Very interesting though… I can’t figure out how Gordon gets whatever this thing is size of 45 ft. But then again I wasn’t there…

  11. lerxst responds:

    I just see a fish. To me, where the head pops up, looks like a reflection off the water.

  12. DARHOP responds:

    Boat wake….? Nawwwwww!!!!!!

  13. sschaper responds:

    I see what people mean by a head and neck in the stabilized version. But that could just as easily be a branch on a log bobbing in the loch. Would not an animal with a neck, move it, or would it remain rigid? Did the plesiosaur like reptiles have necks which could curve? Or were they ridgidly flat?

    Turtles, when they surface for air, stick up and out their noses, I would expect similar behavior from other equatic reptiles, which is not what I see here.

    Is what we see here at all consistent with the long-necked seal hypothesis?

    I”m afraid that there is a good chance that this is a log. Of course, I might be happily wrong.

    This blobsie, while better than many images from the past, isn’t conclusive by itself, at least the short clip presented on these pages or on Youtube. The full two and a half minutes would be interesting to see., as well as the usual procedure of finding the spot, determining the angle of the footage, and so forth.

  14. monkeyz responds:

    Saw this on CNN Headline News earlier today. I don’t think Nessie exists, but still good to see crypto footage on TV.

  15. jamesrav responds:

    After being stabilized, I’m pretty sure i see it carrying a stick :). It is either a good omen or bad that this story has received such major coverage in the media (it’s been on the CNN website longer than a lot of hurricanes they’ve covered). I guess we did just hit Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and the ‘silly season’ of reporting has begun. As much as I’d like to believe there’s something unknown and substantial in Loch Ness, all the facts argue against it. Also, I thought one article i read said the gentleman felt it was 4 or 5 feet long, not 45. I need to track that down, the difference is important.

  16. bccryptid responds:

    Man, if only he’d used that fence to stabilize his camcorder on!!!

    Reminds me of the Daedelus sea serpent sketch. But that’s just my cryptid brain trying to make it nessie. I doubt it’s a log, though, because wouldn’t he have filmed it for an hour and then realized?

  17. daledrinnon responds:

    A branch would not flex, that is what tells you it is an animal of some kind. it is not rigid.

    I am happily with the “Seal or Otter” crowd this time, but I think it’s a cryptid outsized otter, mostly based on other factors.

    That would be what Cruikshank saw on the shores of the Loch in the fading headlights of his Model T Ford all those years ago, except he doubled the size of the thing when reporting it. That is just one early example, but it is a strong possibility. That one barked as it departed, diving into the Loch.

  18. Maine Crypto responds:

    This was great to see slowed down. I also see the head and neck with what appears to be a massive body underneath, but I have a sinking feeling that this is a lot smaller than I want it to be. We really need a point of reference. I will be waiting to see what becomes of this.

  19. somethingstrange responds:

    ONE OBVIOUS THING: THIS IS NOT A LOG!

    The experts assigned to study this video will KNOW it’s not a log within SECONDS of seeing it! Anyone who things otherwise is obviously not thinking in terms of the laws of physics:

    PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING EXPLANATION:

    Logs don’t leave wakes! Have you ever stood by a river or stream and watched a log drift by? It has NO WAKE whatsoever! Why? SOMETHING CALLED: INERTIA! Because any inanimate, buoyant object will quickly match the speed of the current it is being moved it. Yes, a log will float along at the same speed as the surround current that’s moving it, therefore there will be NO WAKE.

    WHAT PRODUCES A WAKE: Any object that has a resistance to the surrounding water or current, because it moves faster than, slower than, or AGAINST the direction of the current. This object ALSO has to be self-powered to do so. Therefore, torpedoes, boats, living things, and such, can produce WAKES because their capabilities allow them to break the inertial tendency.

    TA-DA!!!! Now, why don’t you go brush up on your 3rd grade physics knowledge, folks, if you thing it’s a LOG :)

  20. Mnynames responds:

    Yeah, I don’t know where you guys are getting a neck and flippers from, other than perhaps your imagination. I frankly don’t think the footage is clear enough to be able to determine that, especially when the darkness of the body blends into the darkness of the wake, which equally blends into the darkness of waves in the background as it passes them.

    Is it intriguing? Yes. Out of the ordinary? Yes. A log? No. A critter? Almost certainly. What kind of critter? Who knows, the quality of the footage just isn’t that good, at least not what I see here.

    Figures though, I spend a few days away from Cryptomundo, and I come back to find not one, but multiple videos for my consideration, one of which (This one) stands out miles above the rest.

  21. rwillmore responds:

    A few things. I, like quite a few here, didn’t initially see the “neck, head, body” other were describing. After staring at both stabilizations for a while, it suddenly *did* jump out at me. My scale was wrong, and when I looked at it as being “further’ away I could see what appeared to be something swimming, a long neck, head and even possibly flipper moving on the front right side.

    However.

    Without someone having pointed those supposed “features” out to me, I doubt I would have recognized them, and as noted by several, the mind has a way of making sense out of things it doesn’t initially understand, giving shapes to the shapeless. Over all, it’s quite an interesting piece of video, and I’d like to see what some experts in video and sea life can come up with. I want to see a cryptid, but I just can’t trust my pattern seeing human mind.

  22. scaryeyes responds:

    I’ve watched a lot of seals, and I don’t think this moves like a seal. I think it’s an otter. Though interestingly enough, the only time I’ve ever seen otters in the wild has been on Loch Ness, so maybe I only thought they were otters… :p

  23. Bob K. responds:

    The part of the video that looks compelling to me is what looks like an almost snake like head attached to a long neck breaking the surface. As for the part of the animal which stays beneath the water, I couldnt make out much in the way of details. An interesting peice of film, but I dont think anything conclusive can be drawn from it-unless you can somehow enlarge, while keeping a good amount of the focus, the head and neck.

  24. wshinhamjr responds:

    Excellent work on stabilizing this video. After watching it now it appears to me to be two otters or otter-like animals swimming along almost side by side. One seems to come up for air while the other goes under water slightly. What is trailing behind them just appears to be a wake in the water, although I can’t quite figure out how long, I would guess only a couple of feet!

  25. UltimateCryptid responds:

    Has it occurred to any “Nessie” researchers to check with NASA and it’s satellites, whether at the exact time of day, Gordon Holmes’ video is indeed authentic? After-all, we all know many countries, besides the U.S. Gov’t. use spy satellites which can magnify an object, anywhere on Earth with precise accuracy. Perhaps, Loren Colemen with his connections to influential people in the scientific world community could obtain this information. Also, the use of satellite technology to definitively help solve the Loch Ness enigma, would in my opinion, be of tremendous help. Any of these satellites can also be programmed to “Watch and Record” any animate activity on the Loch. Food for thought!

    OK Loren, drink a V8 (lol) and Go Get them!!

  26. jmoore responds:

    I appreciate everyone’s input into this discussion/argument, but am I the only one who’s scared!?,…I mean, if this thing is real (and let’s face it, with this footage, it’s now surely irrefuteable!), is anyone safe in the area!??

    I live in Basingstoke, so it’s a given that I’m more safe than your avarage Scotsman. However, I have seen another picture (again of excellent quality) where nessie is standing on a pontoon, meaning of course,…he’s mobile on land!!

    Ladies, and gentleman,…I think it’s time to get together, and find this potential killer,…take heed!,…before he plans his strike!

  27. kbuckland responds:

    I agree with ‘ jmoore ‘ and I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me that wasn’t scared. So therefore I also believe we should take a stand and rise up to this beast before the pain and blight is descended upon us! I feel this can be done, we just need to pull 2gether as one. Now I’m no expert in defeating monsters of this size…. Or any size in fact, therefore I need your help. I know everyone reading this are just as scared as myself and ‘jmoore’, however we need to be true to ourselves and be strong for each other and we shall come out of this triumphal.

  28. Troodon56 responds:

    To tell you the truth, the only thing I can see is a black line, moving through the water. I don’t get it, how Morgoth can possibly be seeing those things! I would really love it, if somebody pointed those features out, to me!



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