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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Max Leung, Jul 28, 2003.
BBC 'proves' Nessie does not exist Aw shucks.
Didn't Doctor Who solve that mystery back in 1974/5?
Maybe she ducked inside of an underwater cave and it didn't show up on sonar?
There's a mechanical one in the Loch, courtesy of the production of the film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. When they were filming on location, their mechanical beast (just the head, neck, and humps, IIRC) sank into the Loch, never to be recovered. So there is one in there, it's just not real .
It's July - Nessie was on her annual vacation with Big Foot. Sheesh, doesn't the BBC know anything? What are we Brits paying our licence fee for?
This is silly. Operation Deep Scan did find just such an anomaly when it went looking for Nessie some years ago doing exactly what the BBC claims to have done. It also does not answer for the possibility of underwater caves or that Nessie may frequently travel from the loch to the ocean and back. All this survey tells us is that there was no monster visible in the loch at the time the scan was performed.
.....there's no damn Nessie....come on guys haven't we matured just a little since the days of In Search Of? I mean don't get me wrong, I believe in keeping an open sense of wonder and all that but....
FWIW, I was kidding. That's why I used the "grinning idiot" face. Like so...
I wasn't talking to anyone particular...well...yeah I was but not you Micheal.
Because something is improbable means it must be impossible. I'll be sure to keep that in mind next time I read about cookie cutter sharks, giant squid, gorillas, platypus, vu quongs, Prezwalski's horse, Haast's eagle, moas, and vuoron patra. I'm sure all of these creatures, which were dismissed by scientists at one time or another as fantasies, will all be aghast to know they don't exist. There are two facts we can count on when investigating the Loch Ness monster. One, is that various people believe they have seen an unknown creature in or around the loch. The other is that no creature has been found. As has been posted elsewhere, an announcement is soon to be be made regarding the Orang Pendak. This is a bigfoot-like creature reported in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. Several scientists from Cambridge actually went looking for the thing and gathered footprints and hair samples. From its gait it was determined that the creature walks upright, like humans. From DNA examination of hair samples it was determined that it is an unknown form of primate. You can read more here in the Manchester Online website. I am not saying Nessie exists for certain. I am saying that there will always be a question until science can find a way to tell for certain. Right now that method does not exist.
One fact that we can rely on is that the originator of the most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster (the one that started this whole thing) admitted on his death-bed that the whole thing was a hoax.
Here is part of the article:
It wouldn't surprise me AT ALL to find out that there really is a Loch Ness monster in Scotland or an Ogopogo in Kelowna British Columbia. I mean they have found sea creatures that they thought were instinct for millions and millions of years, only to find a living specimen to prove them wrong. Now I highly doubt there will be only one or two incidents like the Coelacanth. I'm just waiting for them to finally discover Ogopogo, Loch Ness, Giant squid, etc etc.
I think it'd be cool if Nessie did actually exist, but it's more than unlikely that it does. The Loch has been so heavily trafficked over the last couple of decades that the fact that large numbers of people, let alone a single person, haven't got some concrete photo/video evidence by now basically rules out it's existance. Some of the previously mentioned creatures that were thought extinct/mythical but proven to exist are somewhat bad examples. Most of them live in such remote areas that no one discovering them until modern times isn't that unbelievable. It's one thing to discover a creature in an area where humans rarely venture, but it's another to keep looking for something in a place where there are humans 24/7. I can see the headlines a few years from now - "Large, two-headed man-serpent found living behind local Circle-K."
Nobody said that it is impossible for Nessie to exist. It's just that nobody has any evidence. As for giant squid, they've been known to exist for at least a century, because the squid were graceful enough to leave giant carcasses on our beaches you know! You'd think that we'd see Nessie-like creatures washed up on the shores of Loch Ness. Considering how much coastline there is in the world, and how large the oceans are (millions of square miles), it's amazing we've found any giant squid at all. One Nessie washing ashore in the Loch would be equivalent to at least a thousand giant squids washing up all over the world. Another question: Does Loch Ness actually connect with the ocean through tunnels? Or is this just another fantasy?
It's amazing that we have to spend this much time and effort to prove that a giant reptilian monster doesn't live in a lake. What were these people thinking? They would find this then go in search of Megladon and King Kong?