Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nessie lives!

Loch Ness monster: new pictures and sighting of Nessie
The legend of the Loch Ness monster is alive again after a mysterious shape was caught on camera.
By Shiona McCallum 26 November 2010 10:57 GMT
The legend of Nessie has resurfaced with a new sighting and pictures of the Loch Ness monster. 
Richard Preston, a landscape gardener, has been the latest person to spot a mysterious shape that might be the Loch Ness monster and capture a series of images on camera.  While working on Aldourie Castle gardens on the banks of the Loch Ness, 27-year-old Mr. Preston spotted a shape on the loch's surface out of the corner of his eye.  He told STV News: “I was just walking through the castle gardens and I spotted something in the distance.  When I looked closer I could clearly see the four hump-like features.  I thought I’d take a picture of it, to see if there was anything in it, to see what others thought.  I was surprised that it stayed there as long as it did.  I took various shots of it before it suddenly disappeared.  I literally just turned my back and it was gone."  He showed one of his friends who was also convinced there was certainly some mystery in the pictures.  When asked whether or not he believed in the monster, Mr. Preston said: “Well there’s definitely something in the myth.  There were no ripples in the water, no boats, nothing around.  I have no idea what it was, but it undoubtedly looks like Nessie."  The latest sighting has brought hope to monster enthusiasts, as it had been a relatively quiet spell for spotting any activity in the Loch.  Fears had been mounting that Nessie might be dead since reports of any sightings had been diminishing. 
In July 1930, three people in a boat at the north end of the loch saw a 6m long hump-like shape travelling fast through the water. 
In April 1933, Aldie Mackay saw a violent disturbance in the water and a hump “like that of a whale” while driving along the north side of the loch.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Best Photographic Evidence of Nessie, Ogopogo, and Champ

Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster has been seen, photographed, and videotaped on a number of
occasions, but what is the best photographic evidence of Nessie? 

I am not taking into account videos, only photos. 

I think the best photographic evidence of Nessie is the 1975 underwater photo of Nessie, taken by Robert Rines.  The photo shows, quite clearly, indeed, a plesiosaur-like creature.  With flippers, a long neck, and a big head, this photo is very unique.

Ogopogo has also been seen, photographed, and videotaped on a number of occasions, but not as much as Nessie, though.

The best photographic evidence for Ogopogo is most likely the Francey/Gaal photo taken in 1980.

And, undoubtedly, the best photographic evidence for Champ is the Sandra Mansi photograph taken in 1977!

The 1975 Nessie photo can be viewed here:

The 1980 photo of Ogopogo can be viewed in Arlene Gaal's book:
In Search of Ogopogo  Hancock House Publishers, 2001

The famous 1977 photo of Champ can be viewed here:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Living Dinosaur Roar

In 1981, American engineer Herman Regusters led his own expedition in search of Mokele-mbembe.  He returned with a sound recording of a "low windy roar [that] increased to a deep throated trumpeting growl", which Herman Regusters believed to be the Mokele-mbembe's call. 

Herman Regusters' conclusions about this tape were later contradicted by Dr. Roy Mackal, who asserted that the Mokele-mbembe did not have a vocal call.  Dr. Roy Mackal asserts that vocalizations are more correctly associated with the Emela-ntouka.
Here is the link to Herman Regusters sound recording:

It is very intresting. 

Is it Mokele-mbembe, or is it the Emela-ntouka?

While Mokele-mbembe is a dinosaur, Emela-ntouka may or may not be.  Nevertheless, the sound recording seems to be of a dinosaur.