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Originally posted by Strangerous
There is, I'm afraid, no monster.
The famous photograph has been explained as a crop of a shot of an elephant swimming in the lake while a travelling circus was lodging nearby.
The myth was started / kept up by a local hotelier keen to drum up business (just like the myth of Beddgellert in North Wales - again a hotelier / never happened)
By all means visit and spend your money in the area but honestly there's nothing exciting down there, never was
Neil Clark, curator of palaeontology at Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum, spent two years researching Nessie.
He said they could have been circus elephants, as fairs visiting Inverness would often stop on the banks of Loch Ness to give the animals a rest.
The trunk and humps in the water would bear similarities to some of the most famous Nessie photographs.
A BBC team says it has shown there is no such thing as the Loch Ness monster.
Using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to ensure that none of the loch was missed, the team surveyed the waters said to hide Scotland's legendary tourist attraction but found no trace of the monster.
Previous reported sightings of the beast led to speculation that it might be a plesiosaur, a marine reptile which died out with the dinosaurs.
The team was convinced that such an animal could have survived in the cold waters of Loch Ness, despite the normal preference of marine reptiles for sub-tropical waters.
Originally posted by Oakley
It is also commonly thought that Loch Ness could be connected to the sea by undrground caverns and caves,