Nessie is a Wels Catfish?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 19th, 2012

Professional Nessie hunter still seeking beastie after 21 years – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In the Scottish Highlands is a mystery that has intrigued the world for generations: the Loch Ness monster; real or just a local fable, preserved to lure in the tourist dollar? One man, Nessie hunter Steve Feltham, is a believer – so much so he left his job, house, and girlfriend to dedicate his life to proving the creature’s existence. Steve Feltham lives in a caravan on the shore of Loch Ness, and makes clay figurines of Nessie to help fund his dream.

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Excerpts from the interview:

RACHAEL BROWN: What’s the most convincing evidence that you’ve seen or heard so far?

STEVE FELTHAM: Best thing was the end of last summer, there was a sonar contact in Urquhart Bay taken by Marcus Atkinson. He operates a fast boat on the loch taking tourists around, and he dropped the tourists at Urquhart Castle, then he waits in the bay there for 20 minutes, half an hour, whilst they have a walk around the castle.

And whilst he was there he was watching his echo sounder screen. He was in very deep water, but about 60 feet down, underneath the boat, something passed underneath the boat which the machine showed as five feet wide – so the height of a person wide, this thing.

You can’t tell how long that object is because he doesn’t know if it was going with the boat or against the boat.

RACHAEL BROWN: But is that how you imagine it? A big fat eel-like creature?

STEVE FELTHAM: Well, secretly I’m sort of more inclined to think we’re possibly looking for a big fish.

There’s a particular fish, the Wales catfish – biggest freshwater fish in the world – and they fit the description of what’s been going on here, so we don’t know. The jury’s out.

Wels catfish

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.

6 Responses to “Nessie is a Wels Catfish?”

  1. Goodfoot responds:

    Sure thing. I heard they grow to be 60 feet long or more, and acquire long necks by playing ping-pong with their necks.

  2. Sordes responds:

    First of all, this species’ name is wels (what just means “catfish” in German), not Wales Catfish. They are NOT the largest freshwater of the world, they do not grow bigger than 3 m as many people think and they do especially not grow very large in cold water.

  3. dconstrukt responds:

    i mean do we really have proof there is a loch ness monster?

    i remember that one famous photo as being hoaxed.

    the rhines flipper looking photo seemed a bit unusual, but you cant base your case off it alone.

    the fish thing could in some way make sense… but i’d have to be a massive fish eh?

  4. gorilin responds:

    I still think that lake monsters are evolved plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurus, zeuglodons, and more…

  5. Goodfoot responds:

    dconstrukt: The photo to which I think you refer has, to the best of my knowledge, never been definitively debunked. There do appear to be odd things about it. The one I recall is that the neck seems to be slightly transparent. Certainly hoaxed photos have been with us for a long, long time – almost as long as photography has existed. There seems to be no limit to the devious machinations of the human character.

    gorilin (your name sounds like what would give gorillas their flavor): if lake monsters “evolved” from plesiosaurs, etc., shouldn’t we expect them to look less like plesiosaurs (etc.)? I mean, certain dinosaurs evolved and became birds; wouldn’t evolved marine dinosaurs now look less like their ancestors? I’m not disputing that lake monsters could be dinosaurs, just that they are modern dinosaurs evolved from: dinosaurs.

  6. maslo63 responds:

    Goodfoot; plesiosaurs and other extinct marine reptiles are not dinosaurs. Plesiosaurs specifically belong to an entirely separate group of extinct reptiles more closely related to modern lizards and snakes than dinosaurs. Still, an additional 65 million years of evolution does not require much change for an animal already adapted to its environment, there are many species alive today that have changed very little in several million years if not hundreds. Birds are dinosaurs that is correct but fully modern groups of birds lived alongside dinosaurs and they too have changed little.

    If Nessie is anything it is an unusually large fish but more likely it is a combination of animals and environmental occurrence which basically means…it does not exist.

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