Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 5th, 2007
I resisted calling this blog, “Sex and the Not-So-Single-Nessie.” But that title would have worked, probably.
People – at least the broader general public – are not listening but you’ve been reading it here for weeks. Publicity from the Holmes Nessie video in June, debates about the Chinese Lake Monster footage all summer, and now this recent back and forth about Loch Ness sightings of cryptids being down are only the tip of the iceberg. While some silly columnists writing commentaries about “Nessie being dead” have made foolish mistakes such as talking about “one monster” and seriously bringing up circus elephants (again), the bottomline is that the news has stimulated others in the media to report on varied watery cryptids.
You better get ready for the coming rush of Lake and Loch Monster news and stories. And yes, now documentaries are on the horizon, as we move closer to the cinematic opening of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. I thought that in the wake of the movie there would definitely be waves of interest in lake cryptids, but perhaps it is not too early to put a cz tsunami alert out now. After all, Sonia Uribe is going to bring to bare all of her dynamic and beautiful accesses to promote cryptozoology, it is now being revealed.
I tell you, this is only the beginning. You’ve been warned!
A cult American TV presenter arrived at Loch Ness this week pledging to woo a whole new generation of Nessie hunters.
For glamorous former model Sonia Uribe is making a documentary on the mystery which will target younger audiences around the world.
And Sonia has praised the Highland News for its exclusive story last month on the lack of Nessie sightings this summer which has led to a monster frenzy over the past week when a string of national newspapers picked up on it.
Speaking exclusively to the HN this week, Sonia said: “I had been to Loch Ness a few weeks ago looking at locations for filming with Willie Cameron of Loch Ness Marketing and then I went on the internet and found the Highland News story about the fall in the number of sightings of Nessie.
“I think it certainly kick-started the recent national media interest and that can only be good for Loch Ness.”
Last month we revealed that there had only been two sighting so far this year. Nessie enthusiasts and tourist operators were blaming the bad weather but expect a huge boost next year in the wake of a blockbuster movie about the monster.
And US TV personality Sonia Uribe believes she can also introduce thousands of youngsters to the legend of Nessie in an hour-long programme and ensure the enduring mystery of the loch continues.
“I had read on the internet that there have been fewer sightings this year. But I have no doubt that the monster exists and I am sure we can encourage a new generation of Nessie hunters.
“I believe the problem in the past has been documentaries on the Loch Ness Monster have been perhaps too scientific to appeal to younger viewers.
“The documentary I am making will be done in such a way that will engage with young people.
“It will be fun and exciting and I am sure we will succeed in getting young people all around the world to research the mystery of the monster and sustain the legend of the loch.”
The timing of the documentary couldn’t be better.
The producers hope to have it finished by November and the following month the film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep based on the book Dick King-Smith about a boy who finds an enchanted egg beside a Scottish loch is launched stateside.
“Our programme fits in well with the film because there is going to massive interest in sea monsters when The Water Horse is screened,” added Sonia who has interviewed both believers and non-believers in her quest to get to the bottom of the Nessie legend.
“I think there is something of the order of 11,000 Nessie sightings in total. Many locals have seen something on the loch which they have not reported for fear of being ridiculed.
“And of course there have been reported sightings which have been proved to be fakes.
Sonia Uribe came to Loch Ness to film her documentary. Alasdair Allen
“But there have also been many credible sightings by people who genuinely believe what they saw was not a mirage or some other unexplained trick of the eye.
“I firmly believe Nessie exists and I don’t want the mystery to die out. So this is why my documentary, whilst appealing to every generation, will particularly appeal to the young.”
To achieve that Sonia is going scuba diving in the loch, camping out over night on its shores, and flying over the loch in a bid to capture further evidence of the existence of the monster of the loch.”
Producer with London-based Three-Way Productions who are filming the documentary, Peter Hall, said: “Sonia is an extremely talented young presenter who is a journalist as well.
“She has real in-depth knowledge of the mystery of Loch Ness and obviously has done considerable research.
“One of the people she interviewed was local naturalist Adrian Shine who has his own views on Nessie and I suppose is a bit of sceptic.
“But after his interview with Sonia he told me that he was shocked because he had never done such a gruelling interview in his whole life.
“So it’s good to see a young person holding her own with someone as knowledgeable on the subject of Nessie as Adrian.
“And I think this is what is going to appeal to younger viewers.”
Three weeks before they embarked on their trip north Peter revealed an amazing coincidence which he hopes is a good omen for the documentary which they will be marketing to TV stations around the globe when completed.
“I was visited by another young lady who is interested in doing some work with us and it turned out she was Katie Dinsdale, the grand-daughter of the late Tim Dinsdale who took some classic footage of the ‘monster’ in 1960.”Donald Wilson
Is Nessie Real or a Hoax?
The first voyage takes us to Loch Ness where Sonia investigates the mystery of The Loch Ness Monster. Could Nessie be a prehistoric sea creature? Are all the eyewitnesses just seeing mirages or sea otters? Some people poke fun at those who believe a Nessie like monster exists, but not our Sonia. She’s going to show you everything you need to know about the elusive Loch Ness Monster and much more.
A Real Search for Nessie!
It’s true many documentaries have featured The Loch Ness Monster, but this one is like no other. Sonia tears away from the repetitive and unexciting documentaries and presents a fresh new angle with a fun twist.
With Credible Experts
What’s a documentary without knowledgeable specialists? Not a very credible one! That’s why Sonia interviews one of the leading experts on the subject: Adrian Shine. Sonia amazes Mr Shine with never before heard questions. Next stop, Sonia interviews the man who lives right on the Loch itself: Steve Feltham. There he gives Sonia insight into what it’s like living in a caravan bordering the Loch and tells her why he believes something is down there. Sonia then interviews the son of the man who’s seen The Loch Ness Monster himself: Willie Cameron. Willie discusses his father’s 50 minute sighting, which is the longest ever eyewitness account!
The One to Watch…
Sonia’s entertaining and witty personality makes her a joy to watch. However, don’t let her looks and sense of humour fool you, her background in journalism is rock solid, which means she’ll deliver well-researched facts. Follow Sonia as she sheds a newborn light to the age old Loch Ness mystery, with a fun twist. The Sonia Uribe Files
Investigating the Mysteries
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.