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Posted: 31 May 2007 02:55 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/05/31/britain.lochness.ap/index.html

New Loch Ness Monster video

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP)—Like tartan, bagpipes, and shortbread Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster is as much an emblem as a tourist draw.

And now Nessie’s back.

An amateur scientist has captured what Loch Ness Monster watchers say is among the finest footage ever taken of the elusive mythical creature reputed to swim beneath the waters of Scotland’s most mysterious lake.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this jet black thing, about 45-feet (15 meters) long, moving fairly fast in the water,” said Gordon Holmes, the 55-year-old a lab technician from Shipley, Yorkshire, who took the video this past Saturday.

He said it moved at about 6 mph (10 kph) and kept a fairly straight course.

“My initial thought is it could be a very big eel, they have serpent-like features and they may explain all the sightings in Loch Ness over the years.”

Loch Ness is surrounded by myth and mystery, as it is the largest and deepest inland expanse of water in Britain. About 750 feet (230 meters) to the bottom, it’s even deeper than the North Sea.

Nessie watcher and marine biologist Adrian Shine of the Loch Ness 2000 center in Drumnadrochit, on the shores of the lake, viewed the video and hopes to properly analyze it in the coming months.

“I see myself as a skeptical interpreter of what happens in the loch, but I do keep an open mind about these things and there is no doubt this is some of the best footage I have seen,” Shine said.

He said the video is particularly useful because Holmes panned back to get the background shore into the shot. That means it was less likely to be a fake and provided geographical bearings allowing one to calculate how big the creature was and how fast it was traveling.

While many sightings can be attributed to a drop of the local whisky, legends of Scottish monsters date back to one of the founders of the Christian church in Scotland, St. Columba, who wrote of them in about 565 A.D.

More recently, there have been more than 4,000 purported Nessie sightings since she was first caught on camera by a surgeon on vacation in the 1930s.

Since then, the faithful have speculated whether it is a completely unknown species, a sturgeon—even though they have not been native to Scotland’s waters for many years—or even a last surviving dinosaur.

Shine doubts that last explanation.

“There are a number of possible explanations to the sightings in the loch. It could be some biological creature, it could just be the waves of the loch or it could be some psychological phenomenon in as much as we see what we want to see,” he said.

But Nessie isn’t just an icon of the paranormal—she’s also an emblem of Scottish tourism. She has been the muse for cuddly toys and immortalized on T-shirts and posters showing her classic three-humped image.

The Scottish media is skeptical of Nessie stories but Holmes’ footage is of such good quality that even the normally reticent BBC Scotland aired the video on its main news program on Tuesday.

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So I can just type anything and it will show up here?

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Posted: 31 May 2007 02:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Well, it seems Boo was wrong all along.  I guess she’ll have to apologize now.

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Posted: 31 May 2007 03:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It would be nice if they would show us the video rolleyes

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Posted: 31 May 2007 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I know!

I want to decide if it’s a fake, hoax, or like an eel or something or what.

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Posted: 31 May 2007 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Well, I found it. smile

I just can’t get the video to work on my computer LOL

From the still pic, it looks like something, but I can’t determine scale or anything. Almost like a seal maybe.

An amateur scientist believes he could have captured the Loch Ness Monster - on videotape.

Yorkshireman Gordon Holmes was carrying out experiments at the famous loch when by chance he happened to spot a strange creature in the waters. Now his film of the incident is causing a sensation.

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to 565 AD when St Columba was said to have seen a strange water monster in the loch. Tales of Nessie regularly surface, but she is a symbol of Scotland that is so recognised across the globe that when there are any new sightings reported it causes a frenzy.

The new footage showing a creature swimming across the loch is already causing a stir.

The footage was taken at the weekend by an amateur scientist who happened to spot a fast-moving creature swimming across the world-famous loch.

Gordon Holmes, from Yorkshire, had been undertaking some scientific tests on the Loch, recording sounds from the deep with special hydrophonic equipment.

But nothing prepared him for the prospect of actually setting eyes on what could be the elusive Nessie - an event he luckily captured on film.

Gordon took his tape to local experts who say it warrants further scrutiny - and so far, the jury is out.

Gordon hopes to have the tape further analysed to try to get to the bottom of the Nessie mystery. But even from a scientific viewpoint, he believes the Loch Ness legend stands up to scrutiny.

No doubt the images will undergo further analysis as people try to work out what the creature is.
But in the meantime, it is another mystery at the heart of Loch Ness.

Whether people believe it to be Nessie or not, those living in the area who benefit from the tourism industry will no doubt be overjoyed at the timing of this new sighting.

And whether anything is ever proved conclusively, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster will live on regardless.

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Posted: 31 May 2007 03:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Is it just me, or does that scientist bear a marked resemblance to a Punch and Judy puppet?

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Posted: 31 May 2007 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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It’s not very impressive…

But yay! They speak to the beardy Loch Ness expert!

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Posted: 31 May 2007 04:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Found a better version of the news footage on youtube

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aB_c2RwpbXU

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Posted: 31 May 2007 04:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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yeah, now that I’ve seen the footage, I think it’s a seal. When I mentioned it above, I didn’t know if seals lived in the loch, but the beardy Loch Ness guy says they do smile

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Posted: 31 May 2007 06:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Technically they could live in Loch Ness but I’ve never seen them.

There’s more gawping Americans than seals at Loch Ness tongue wink

They, like otters, are probably afraid of humans and avoid them.


I’ll admit, that looks like something. I’ve always believed there’s something in there, but what precisely it is, is another matter entirely. Could be anything in that film. I think it’s a kelpie in Loch Ness. I’ve seen it.

Well, I saw a beautiful girl with seaweed in her hair who tried to chat me up, and then she turned into a horse and tried to convince me to go for a horseback ride. But I don’t go for girls that turn into horses downer

And bareback riding seriously hurts tongue wink

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Posted: 31 May 2007 08:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Possibly a seal, but after living on the coast for many years I can’t say as I have seen a seal swim like that.  If they are on the surface they usually have their heads above water or they swim underwater for a distance and then pop up somewhere else.  It seems like very a unseallike swimming pattern.  Then again I am not an expert on seals so maybe it’s just a species with different swimming habits.  All in all not sure what it is.  Definitely something other than a bird though.

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Posted: 31 May 2007 10:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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The YouTube clip is the exact same thing that’s on the stv.tv site, isn’t it?  (Well, except that it’s got a FlipForMac watermark across it.)  I saw it from CNN’s website.  Why does it stop right where it does?  Did the “amateur scientist” run out of tape after 10 seconds or so?  It looks like we were just about to resolve the image of a seal or otter when it stopped.  (The thing certainly didn’t move out of sight while the video rolled in either of these two clips I’ve seen.)

He was conducting “scientific tests” of the lake or “carrying out experiments”—apparently dropping a microphone into the water and recording sound.  This is science?

The CNN story is full of nonsense.  Starting with the home page title link “New Loch Ness monster video recorded,” going on to the headline of the story itself “Fabled monster caught on video,” and calling this guy an “amateur scientist” three times.  It further mentions that some believers think Nessie could be a “surviving dinosaur” making the common mistake of referring to a plesiosaur as a dinosaur.

More of that high quality journalism!  Always out for the truth!

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