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Thursday, February 25, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: Loch Ness Migration

There has been speculation over the years that the Loch Ness creature moves between the local lochs. I was browsing through some old newspaper articles and news reports when I came across these two from the same year.

14 Jun 1996

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT PLOUGHS ACROSS LOCH NESS.

LONDON, June 14 (Reuter) - Sixteen people watched in amazement as a mysterious object ploughed swiftly across Loch Ness, leaving a white water wake before disappearing after five minutes into the depths of the Scottish lake. "I cannot find a rational explanation for what I saw," said English tourist David Neeld, the morning after Thursday evening's sighting. "I do not think there is any other explanation than it was the Loch Ness monster." Sightings of the monster, nicknamed Nessie and often described as having a long neck and large body like a brontosaurus, have been reported since the 15th century. Several expeditions have been undertaken in the loch but they have found nothing. The strange object was first spotted at 10 p.m. by Kate Munro, joint owner of the Craigdarroch House, a hotel on the edge of the Highland lake. She alerted her husband Dave and 14 guests who watched the object for five minutes. They told reporters that it appeared to be something large just under the loch's surface, moving at high speed. "There was no traffic on the loch at all, yet here was a wake as big as comes from a cruiser," said Neeld. "There were a few locals in the hotel's bar and they said it was Nessie, so I will go along with that," he said. "I must say that I was very impressed." Another tourist, Karen Hemingway, said: "Whatever we saw was certainly quite strange. There were no boats around at all. I think I could well have seen the monster. "Around two million tourists are attracted to 40-km (25-mile) long Loch Ness each year because of the monster legend.

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15 Sep 96

LIZZIE'S A SIGHT.

Lizzie the Loch Ness Monster's cousin is back. The beastie surfaced briefly, 36 years after she was last spotted in Loch Lochy. Eye-witnesses were stunned to see the 12ft-long, three-humped creature rearing out of the water. And guests at the nearby Corriegour Lodge Hotel rushed to get a better view. Hotel boss Lorna Bunney said: "I've never seen anything like this creature before."

So could Nessie have gone on holiday to Loch Lochy? Interesting thought, isn’t it?

3 comments:

Dale Drinnon said...

Almost certainly the monsters travel between lochs by rivers, they have been seen doing so: Costello and Dinsdale both provide examples which spring readily to memory.

To top that off, DIFFERENT KINDS of monsters have been seen travelling the rivers. Costello speaks of a large otter-like creature travelling out of Loch Ness into Loch Oich by 1936 and the report corresponds generally to another report of a creature seen going into Loch Ness from the sea via the River Ness in early 1932. This would ba a Master-Otter; a Longnecked monster was seen to go into the Loch via the River Ness on different other occasions.

In fact it is wrong to think of the creatures as "Lake Monsters" They are only in the lakes temporarily and rarely, not usually in large enough numbers to maintain an inland population anyplace. They more usually travel along rivers and riverine sightings dominate from a global perspective. The illusion that there is such a thing as "A" Loch Ness Monster or "A" Loch Linhe Monster is mostly being continued by the press. At any one time any place where a monster has been seen may or may not be housing whatever was called a monster by the witnesses and the press, and as a matter of fact in most occasions the creature (of whatever type) will NOT still be in residence, only the tradition continues

Aaron T said...

Dale Drinnon said...
Almost certainly the monsters travel between lochs by rivers, they have been seen doing so: Costello and Dinsdale both provide examples which spring readily to memory.
Costello describes the Simon Cameron incident like this:"The animal was six feet long, with a furry looking body and a dog-like head. Asked by a reporter if he thought it might have been an otter, Cameron replied "There is no otter on earth anything like that."

Why could this not be a seal? They do fit many of the "transient monster" descriptions.

Aaron T said...

Dale Drinnon said...
Almost certainly the monsters travel between lochs by rivers, they have been seen doing so: Costello and Dinsdale both provide examples which spring readily to memory.
Costello describes the Simon Cameron incident like this:"The animal was six feet long, with a furry looking body and a dog-like head. Asked by a reporter if he thought it might have been an otter, Cameron replied "There is no otter on earth anything like that."

Why could this not be a seal? They do fit many of the "transient monster" descriptions.