So is this right, elephants are swimming in Loch Ness pretending to be nessie? They come complete with swimming trunks (groan) I can imagine it now Mr McGregor of the Scottish tourist board - 'See you Jumbo, Just go for a wee paddle in that Loch once a day, the sassenachs will never believe you're an elephant and you'll have an extra bunch of bananas everytime a photo makes the papers'
Apologies if anyones already posted this and I missed it, but the current Fortean Times has a piece on a possible unusual explanation for Nessie...Apparently the peak of Nessie sightings was in the thirties when the Lochside Road was opened. This coincided with the presence of a circus in the area. The circus owner regularly let his Elephants swim in the Loch. Apparently they used to swim virtually submerged with only the Trunk sticking up... In keeping with their Editorial policy, FT does not say that this is any more likely than any other explanation. If your not familiar with FT, its an excellent read, that truly gives a non skeptic, non believer viewpoint to its coverage, and covers a lot of topics eagerly discussed on this forum. It gives a truly "Fortean" perspective, and if you dont already know of Charles Fort, I reccomend a little Web Research. My favourite Fort quote is "I concieve of nothing in religion, science or philosophy that is anything more than the proper thing to wear, for a while." All the best Al
For the record, I voted with the majority in the poll on this one. Oh, and I apologise for posting before reading the whole thread. It appears that you already had come across my little bit of info. Sorry. I will suitably chastise myself for over enthusiasm. Al
Just returned from a 8 day trip to the shores of Loch Ness - spent at least 8 hours per day at the Loch side with cameras trained on the water. !st visit to fulfill a lifetime ambition. What struck me most was just how dificult it is to actually view the Loch - trees and shrubs thickly line both shores blocking views for substantial part of both sides. There is no central place to report any sightings so any fresh may be going unreported. Also, the Official Exhibition is definitely ANTI so people visiting are even less likely to stick their head over the parapet to report anything anyway. To be honest during my time there I witnessed and was never fooled by boat wakes, birds or the usual scapegoats. I was also surprised to find how few people are actually spending time looking at the Loch - tourists seemed to only spend as long as it took to take their picture in front of Urquart castle. IF there is a large animate object in the Loch as so many witnesses seem to suggest then perhaps it is time to commence a large scale shore based photographic survey as was carried out in the 60's and 70's more than 30 years ago - technology has leaped ahead - we now have thermal imaging and night vision systems that could be usefully employed in pushing our knowledge further. Hopefully, I will be returning several more times this year - Like others before me, the Loch has gotten under my skin - creature or not it's a great place to spend time.