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Wednesday, November 04, 2009


I was going to publish a tribute to Robert Rines this morning, but I was pre-empted by Lindsay, who actually met the man twice....

The sad news that Robert Rines passed away on November 1st, is also a sad day for cryptozoology.
He one was of the leading figures in the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. The underwater pictures he and his team took and the sonar readings are famous around the world. The sonar picture here may not have been seen by many people as I don't think it was widely published at the time.

I met him twice and found him to be friendly and open, not at all standoffish and always willing to explain what they were doing and show people the equipment.

Read on

1 comment:

Oll Lewis said...

This is very sad news, when I was a young lad one of the first things that got me interested in cryptozoology was a documentary on Rines' work, I would have loved to have met the man. Rest in peace.