Posted by: John Kirk on April 23rd, 2007
As Craig posted previously here on Cryptomundo, another Scottish cruise boat enterprise is attempting to add its resources to the search for the supposed cryptid of Loch Ness. Jacobite Cruises is adding sonar to their vessels in a bid to locate the infamous denizen of the loch.
The use of sonar at Loch Ness is actually nothing new. Various fishing boats, the Rines teams and other cruise companies have employed sonar at Loch Ness. The largest single deployment of sonar was the Operation Deepscan search in 1987 where over 20 cabin cruisers threw a sonar curtain over the loch and some interesting readings were recorded.
When I first visited the loch in 1995 I went on a cruise aboard a tour boat equipped with sonar and was regaled with stories of readings which the tale spinner graphically described. He was able to tell me exact lengths and weights, which I found odd as any data garnered from sonar is subjective at best.
During that same initial village I saw the Swatch minisub which offered underwater cruises of the loch for a hefty fee. I did not bother going down in the sub as the loch is so peat-stained visibility at subsurface levels is abysmal at best. I never heard of anyone seeing anything out of the ordinary during the sub’s run at Loch Ness. However, they did hear strange noises underwater on several occasions which have never been amply explained.
I earnestly hope that Jacobite Cruises do detect something on their sonars in Loch Ness, but I will not be holding my breath. With each passing day I find the likelihood of a cryptid dwelling in Scotland’s most famous loch less and less unlikely.
Come on Nessie, prove me wrong!