Thursday, May 31, 2007

Nessie Found?

Has the long sought after Loch Ness Monster finally been videotaped? CNN reports that a team claims to have done just that.
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.
I think this is the tape they claims shows a creature gliding under the waves and breaking the surface at several points:

Hey, it wouldn't be the first time that scientists have found previously unknown species before.

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This is my open post for the day.

The Liveleak video purporting to show Nessie is not the same footage that appears at the CNN website. I'd look again at the CNN article and see if the footage purports to show what they claim.

UPDATE 6/1/2007:
I'm going to call the liveleak footage a fraud. However, here's the CNN footage:

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