That’s the source of a new theory, which speculates that the Loch Ness Monster may actually be a fault line lying underneath the Scottish lake.
Even after 200 years of technological advances since the first reported spotting in 1806, rumors of the Loch Ness Monster continue to persist. In fact, technology has played a role in spawning some Nessie theories.
For example, in 2011, local boat skipper Marcus Atkinson produced a sonar image of what he described as a large object following his boat for several minutes at a depth of 75 feet.
And in 2012, George Edwards shared a photo of an unexplained image in Loch Ness. Skeptics have said the image was likely of a log floating atop the water.
Scientific American reports that Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi believes the Great Glen fault system is actually responsible for mysterious bubbles and the shaking ground commonly associated with supposed creature sightings.
“There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault,” Piccardi told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
And he has some compelling evidence to back up his case. For example, he notes that many of the alleged sightings have happened at times when the 62-mile fault was experiencing an active period.
“We know that this was a period [1920-1930] with increased activity of the fault. In reality, people have seen the effects of the earthquakes on the water.”
So, what do you think? There have been strange reports near Loch Ness going all the way back to the 7th century. Are the numerous sightings over the years proof of the creature’s existence, mere coincidence, or even a self-fulfilling prophecy continued on by people who want to take part in the legend? Or, could it all actually simply be explained by a natural phenomenon found across the planet?
When it comes to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, I really can not say that I was a believer, nor did I totally reject the possibility. Like Lake Manitoba‘s Manipogo , Lake Okanagan‘s Ogopogo, and likley countless other local legends world wide, its one of those things. There may not be proof to go either way, but the legend adds to the local culture, and to peoples imaginations.
There has always been images that were mistaking one phenomenon or another for “Nessy”, and many hoaxes to. And there was speculation of potential answers, but nothing that was ever more then mere speculation. Until very recently (the above article), the Loch Ness Monster question has remained largely open ended.
But the fault line explanation, does make a lot of sense. If the lake bed is shifting (especially being pushed UP with force), this could make for some interesting expulsions on the waters surface.
In the image above, it indeed looks like monster of some sort. But there may be the key word, LOOKS. If you are in the area, then you likley know about the legend. And if you happen to capture an image such as this, even if you are a skeptic, you still have the legend in the back of your mind.
Your pretty much predisposed to be biased.
I have always seen a “monster” in the image above. Not to surprising, because everyone does. But given this new theory, I can also see the possibility there to. The image above is black and white, so it doesn’t tell us a whole lot. But “Nessy’s” head could indeed, be a column of water being pushed up.
Though this is far from being scientific proof, it is likley as close as were ever going to get. For me, though I always leave my options open (you never know!), this is a pretty good conclusion to the age old problem.
Though this was easy for me to accept, ive discovered, not everyone is willing to part with the idea of “Nessy”. I sense with most, its because its a familiar legend, and always peaked there imagination, and those things can be hard to let go of. But I have had one occurrence where a person was flat out hostile towards the idea of fault disruption causing the phenomenon (they went as far as calling the scientist with the idea a Quack).
This I found to be quite interesting. Why is it so hard to accept new information on some subjects such as this? Can you change your mind?
- The Loch Ness monster legend: It’s geology’s fault (nbcnews.com)
- Loch Ness Monster Mystery Solved? ‘Nessie’ Just Bubbles From Seismic Activity, Geologist Says (VIDEO) (jtm71.wordpress.com)
- Photos of the Loch Ness Monster, revisited (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Loch Ness Monster Explained: Italian Scientist Believes Geological Activity Reason So Many See Things Swirling Beneath the Scottish Waters (hngn.com)
- Crypto-zoology: The Study of Hidden Animals or Pseudo Science? (costumesupercenter.com)