Loch Ness monster: the (Google) search for Nessie continues

From The Guardian UK

Google is not the first to take cameras into Loch Ness in search of the fabled monster. In 1972, the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau captured two frames that appeared to suggest the presence of two large, unidentified animals.

Google has just uploaded some Street View images of Loch Ness in Scotland, above and below the surface. As far as I can tell, there is no sign of a monster. But they did remind me of a historical footnote from the 1970s when conservation pioneer Sir Peter Scott became involved in efforts to scour the loch for a Nessie-like creature.

More than 50 years ago, in 1961, Scott met up with several like-minded colleagues at the House of Commons in London and set up the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau. Over the next 15 years or so, he took part in a quasi-serious effort to explore Loch Ness for signs of monster.

In 1971, the Bureau deployed sonar transducers, time-lapse cameras and strobe flash lighting in Urquhart Bay (which happens to be the spot in which Google has also filmed) in the hope of photographing the monster underwater for the first time. In 1972, two frames showed signs of a spearheaded object. When enhanced by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasedena, they looked a little like a flipper (see here). According to Nessie enthusiast Robert Rines of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, these two images “suggest quite strongly the presence of two animals.”


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1) The Loch Ness Monster is known by the nickname “Nessie”.

2) She was first spotted in 565AD by St Columba as he took a swim in Loch Ness.

3) She lives in the Loch Ness lake in the Scottish highlands.

4) Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain.

5) The surface area of the Loch Ness lake could hold the population of the world 10 times over.

6) The Loch never freezes.

7) The Loch Ness Monster became famous after the April 1933 sighting.

8) The story of Nessie first appeared in the paper 2nd May 1933.

9) First photographic evidence was also taken of Nessie in 1933.

10) A circus owner promised a sum of £20,000 to anyone who could bring the Monster to his circus alive.


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