If you use Google, you have seen the latest Google icon (as date posted of this article, 4/21/15) celebrating 81 years of Loch Ness Monster hunting. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that. It’s been 81 years since the first sighting that we all now know was faked with a toy submarine and a plastic plesiosaur-type head. Nessie is 81 years old and research, both professional and amateur outings, have continued. To this day, sighting still persist. Just check out the official Loch Ness website for the latest sighting.
Vox had this concise article about how scientist have debunked the entire Nessie legend. I agree with it but I still very much wish everyone was wrong and Nessie was real.
My very first paranormal show was, “In Search Of…” hosted by the phenomenal Leonard Nimoy, may he rest in peace. I think I just dated my self with that statement but, oh well!
My first foray into the Fortean, beyond the ghost stories you grow up with as a child, was Big Foot and The Loch Ness Monster. I was beyond fascinated with the idea that these creatures existed in the same space I did. I was terrified and both wondrous at the prospect of coming across them one day.
Of course, I grew up, started to think for myself, and realized that maybe these things I was once sure must be real, well…maybe they weren’t. I was a naive child but it didn’t take long for me to realize that people lie, photographs are faked and sometimes something that sounds too good to be true, IS too good to be true.
There is still hope for Big Foot and other such cryptids though. New and once thought, extinct species, are literally discovered every day. You just never know what’s out there until it finds you.
Happy Birthday, Nessie!