Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: The Iverness Courier
I was very surprised that "Nessie" wasn't one of the more popular monsters in 2009, but there may be a very good reason why people weren't very interested in the monster last year. The creatures that have been fabled to inhabit the waters of Loch Ness may be dead, or at least that's what several experts now believe.
In 2009 there was only one reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, or "Nessie" as it has been affectionately called.
Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club reports that over the past few years sightings of the legendary creature have fallen dramatically. A fact that has lead him, and many of his counterparts, to believe that the animal may now be extinct, or going extinct.
"Ten years ago we had a lot of good sightings, but in the last two or three years, they have tailed off," Cambell explains.
The only, "dependable sighting" of the creature came on June 6th, when a local resident, who knows what belongs in the loch and what doesn't, near the Clansman Hotel spotted something large swimming off shore.
"What we regard as a dependable sighting is very much down to the person who sees it," Mr Campbell explained. "This was a local chap who knows the things that Nessie isn't, boat wakes, debris on the loch or seals in the summer. A local person will know what these things look like."
At that time, there hadn't been a reported sighting for over a year, something that was starting to become a major concern for "Nessie" researchers.
"That's why were so relieved to have heard about this sighting," Mr Campbell continued. "In June, when it was reported, nobody had seen anything for a year. If it hadn't been for that one, we would have been really, really worried."
There were, however two other reports of sightings on the Loch that I reported on here at Monster Island News in 2009 that should help ease every ones concern that dear old "Nessie" may have gone on to join the "choir invisible."
In May the cast of the UK stage production of "Allo 'Allo" got more than they bargained for, when the boat that they were taking a cruise in picked up five very large sonar images in Loch Ness.
Also in February a vacationing couples romantic interlude was suddenly interrupted by a load thrashing on the Loch. The pair quickly exited their vehicle to get a look at what was making the commotion. Using the cars headlights to illuminate the lake, they took several photos of the monster, which was just a few meters away.
Has the Loch Ness Monster gone extinct before science could even prove that it existed. Maybe not yet, nut signs are starting to show that the creature, if it indeed does exist, may be on the way out.
I just hope that "Nessie" has just become more shy........and not dying out.
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