Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 13th, 2005
A couple of reports out of Scotland the last few days…
First, the biggest earthquake to hit Scotland in 20 years struck about 11:30 PM last Saturday night. It was only a force-three quake. The article did contain some interesting "facts" however.
Earthquakes have even been suggested as a cause for one of Scotland’s most famous legends – the Loch Ness monster.
Early reports of Nessie date back to the 7th century, when a monster is said to have appeared before St Columba "with strong shaking". Some scientists believe that gas bubbles and disturbance of the surface of Loch Ness caused by earthquakes are at the root of the Nessie legend.
Second, a nearly complete fossilised plesiosaur skeleton was auctioned in London Monday. The winning bid, £35,700, roughly 63,100 USD took the first ever plesiosaur skeleton ever sold on the open market.
The numerous articles mentioning the auction also all throw out this factoid:
The creature is thought to be the most popular explanation for the mythical Loch Ness monster.
The article from the Scotsman quotes Nessie researcher Mikko Takala, who claims to have captured video of the Loch Ness Monster this past July, as saying:
"The creature was estimated to be about three and a half meters long and was about 50 metres offshore. No photo trickery has been used, although some other, sadly envious, ‘researchers’ are already making such unfounded and spiteful allegations," he said.
"It has not been scientifically proven that a herd of plesiosaurs does not live in Loch Ness and many people have seen things with their own eyes."