In away the 75th birthday celebrations for Nessie are a bit misleading. Over 1000 people have claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster these past 75 years. To celebrate, you can tune into Nessie Cam and see if you can get a glimpse of the illusive beastie. Or, how does the wee beastie sound? Skeptical? The BBC has a few photos. What is the new Loch Ness Mystery?
I do hope Nessie turns out to be a Plesiosaur.
A wee bit o’ Nessie history
The Gralien Report has coverage of the new “mystery”.
The geology of Loch Ness is fascinating. Hummm…I wonder if any of the olde Reidheads ever encountered Nessie? There were a few in that part of the Holy Land (Scotland) in the 1600’s. Thing is, something has been in that part of the Holy Land (Scotland) for centuries. In 565 St. Columba had an encounter with the beastie.
“…”…[St. Columba] raised his holy hand, while all the rest, brethren as well as strangers, were stupefied with terror, and, invoking the name of God, formed the saving sign of the cross in the air, and commanded the ferocious monster, saying, “Thou shalt go no further, nor touch the man; go back with all speed.” Then at the voice of the saint, the monster was terrified, and fled more quickly than if it had been pulled back with ropes, though it had just got so near to Lugne, as he swam, that there was not more than the length of a spear-staff between the man and the beast. Then the brethren seeing that the monster had gone back, and that their comrade Lugne returned to them in the boat safe and sound, were struck with admiration, and gave glory to God in the blessed man. And even the barbarous heathens, who were present, were forced by the greatness of this miracle, which they had seen, to magnify the God of the Christians”…”
Nessie isn’t the only “lake monster” out there, just the most famous. There are even a couple here in the US!