4.9.09

WHERE ARE YOU,
NESSIE?

Since it was first brought to the world's attention in 1933
- in an image that was later revealed as a hoax - there
have been numerous sightings of the mysterious
Scottish aquatic creature in Loch Ness.

Nessie enthusiasts refer to the animal as a plesiosaur -
an aquatic reptile that appeared at the start of
the Jurassic period and is widely
believed to be extinct.

At the end of August a security guard even claimed to have
spotted
the beast on Google Earth (above). But a
whole host of scientific evidence has dismissed
it as nothing more than wishful thinking, which
leads to the question: why are we so determined
to prove the Loch Ness monster exists?


The Google Earth image could have been a boat
(below) which regularly tours the loch.


The image, which can be seen by entering coordinates
Latitude 57°12'52.13"N, Longitude 4°34'14.16"W
in Google Earth, depicts a large object resembling
a sea creature clearly visible beneath or
on the surface of the water.


Adrian Shine, a researcher on the Loch Ness
project
, called the new images "really intriguing"
and said they deserved further study.


Following the report Google announced that its
specially altered trike camera which is able to
take eye-level images of areas that are inaccessible
to Street View's camera cars - would
be sent to Loch Ness.


The Loch Ness Monster remains a subject of mass intrigue
and debate. Scientists have widely written off the
idea as a modern-day myth and continued
sightings as set ups and wishful thinking.


Yet it has remained a contested phenomenon for almost
80 years. There have been a number of searches for
the creature. The most recent was in 2008
when scientists used sonar and underwater
cameras in an attempt to find the animal.

Earlier this year it was reported that climate
change may have killed the Loch Ness Monster.
There have been "no "credible sightings"
of Nessie for over a year.


Veteran American monster hunter Bob Rines (above)
thinks environmental conditions in the Highland
loch have changed and can no longer
sustain the elusive reptile.

And talking of monsters, check out the
Top ten list (inc. Nessie) of weird
creatures you should see.


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