Nessie : Fact or Fiction
For years I have been infatuated with the story of the Loch Ness Monster. There has never been any confirmed proof as far as DNA data that it actually exists. People have reported seeing such creatures for over a hundred years though. Could this really be a hoax that has for some reason gotten out of control over the years? My opinion is No.
Why I say no? Take into consideration that Loch Ness is the most famous site for alleged sightings of this creature. There have been other places such as Lake Okanagan, Lake Manitoba and Lake Champlain, but none have been in the media as much as Loch Ness. These are not the only lakes claimed to own such a creature. There have been between 75 and 100 lakes to claim sightings of such a monster.
The biggest reason I believe that these creatures do exist is because they are documented historically as actually existing in the past. I'm more sketchy when it comes to the bigfoot sighting claims because this creature has no real historical documentation. Granted, I am sure that some of these lake sightings are most likely misinterpreted for some other creature, but also realize that most of these sightings go back to the early 1900's and even mid 1800's. The Mokele-mbembe has mostly been sighted by tribes in the Congo, who have nothing to gain for lying about it. The areas where these monsters supposedly live are very vast and could easily inhabit this size of creature.
The other big debate is if this creature exists why has it never been caught? If this creature is related to the Plesiosaurus or Sauropoda then it most likely is a herbivore. That being said, it wont go for bloody bait as you would use to catch a shark or catfish. It most likely would not go for a worm or lures or bugs either. So this puts the animal even harder to catch.
Tell me a big creature couldn't Live in that Lake
How come we don't see it on a daily basis? For an example: Loch Ness itself is 415 feet deep on average with reported depths of over 800 feet. That sounds like a pretty good hiding place to me.
Doesn't it seem like there would still be more sightings? Studies of breeding show that usually if there aren't at least 8 animals in a certain environment it will go extinct. However in this instance scientists believe that the average dinosaur lived anywhere from 100 to 300 years. That being said, these animals could easily only breed once in their lifetime and preserve their species for several years. There may only be 4 or 5 of these in each location. If that is so, then in all calculation that means that each animal would be within a 5 square mile radius if we use the area of Loch Ness. That puts a big task in front of someone who is trying to track one monster down.
My theory is that these animals more than likely feed during the early morning hours or anytime during the dark, either on the lake banks or they may actually feed off of plant life found in the lakes themselves. In all actuality I believe there are probably between 500 and 1,000 of these creatures still in existence if each lake sighting is valid. I don't see any reason to doubt that this animal exists. I have been out on the ocean and in the ocean several times, but have never seen a shark, octopus, whale, or squid except for in amusement parks. I do know that these animals exist though. It is very rare to see octopi when abroad on the ocean. These can be caught because their species is vast in number. Also we are talking about the ocean, where nearly no sea creature goes extinct due to its vastness.
I do think, one day, one of these animals will be captured. Until then we all get to wonder with enthusiasm. Maybe it's for the best to not know. It's always nice to have something to talk about. If the creature was ever caught then we would all be done talking about it.
If you can't speak Chinese, what these reporters are saying is: "Yes Subway was great today, Oh my! Look at this shocking footage at Loch Ness."
- List of reported lake monsters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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