quotations about the Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster is the world-famous creature said to inhabit Loch Ness in northern Scotland. The search for the monster has probably consumed more money, time, and newspaper space than attempts to prove the existence or otherwise of UFOs.
PETER D. JEANS, Seafaring Lore and Legend
The Loch Ness monster doesn't exist either. Loch Ness is just not big enough to hide a thirty foot amphibian or reptile for hundreds of years.
BRIEN JONES, The Manuscript
Well, the day that I saw the monster, it was the end of September 1990, and I was driving back from Inverness. I came up the hill where we came in sight of the bay, glanced out across it, and saw this large lump, is the best way to describe it. The nearest I can tell you is it looked like a boat that had turned upside down. Pretty much like that one out there, actually, same sort of size. If you took that boat and put it in the entrance to the bay, which is where I saw the monster, that's the size of it. About 30 feet in length, and nearly 10 feet in height from the water to the top of the back. It was a bright, sunny day, the water was bright blue, and it really showed up against it. It was a mixture of browns, greens, sludgy sort of colors. I looked at it on and off for a few seconds, because I was driving. Must have seen it three or four times, and the last time I looked, it was gone!
VAL MOFFAT, "The Beast of Loch Ness: Eyewitness Accounts", NOVA
All types of high-tech underwater contraptions have gone in after the Loch Ness Monster, but no one can find her ... Some people in Inverness aren't keen on collaring the monster, and you can't blame them: An old prophecy predicts a violent end for Inverness if the monster is ever captured.
DANFORTH PRINCE, Frommer's Great Britain
Could ... an undiscovered animal as large as the Loch Ness monster possibly exist? The answer is yes. Animals previously unknown to science have been found more than once in the past hundred years. For instance, there's the megamouth shark (megachasma pelagios), a fifteen-foot-long creature weighing nearly a ton. The first specimen was discovered on November 15, 1976, when it was found entangled in the drag anchor of a U.S. Navy ship. The new creature wasn't described scientifically until 1983 ... The megamouth remains the only species in its genus, and the only genus in its order.
MARTIN DELRIO, The Loch Ness Monster
Whatever is the truth, there is no denying that Nessie will continue to intrigue the world for years to come.
JONATHAN BRIGHT, "Unseen infrared image of Loch Ness Monster Nessie to be revealed at Paranormal Festival", Scotland Now, Oct. 21, 2014
Some claim that the Loch Ness monster was first reported in A.D. 565, when St. Columba turned away a giant beast threatening a man in the Ness River, which flows into the lake. However it is only one of many Catholic Church legends about righteous saints vanquishing Satan in the form of serpents and dragons.
BENJAMIN RADFORD, "Is the Loch Ness Monster Dead?", LiveScience
With all of the sightings and hunts for the monster, Loch Ness has become a popular tourist destination and interested parties can hop on a boat and travel around the loch looking for the famous monster. Of course, Nessie is discounted by scientists as a myth, but people need something to do with their free time and vacation dollars.
EMILY UPTON, "The Origin of the Loch Ness Monster", Today I Found Out
The Loch Ness Monster is a mixture of gas-filled vegetable mats, turbulence caused by gas escaping from faults in the bed of the loch, commonplace objects including boats and birds seen at a distance ... waves ... otters ... and doubtless other things besides.
MAURICE BURTON, The Elusive Monster
The first recorded sighting was in 565 AD and there have been thousands of eye witness reports since then. All these people can't be telling lies. And the fact the reports stretch over so many years mean there can't just be one of them. I'm convinced there are several monsters.
GEORGE EDWARDS, attributed, "The most convincing Nessie photograph ever: Skipper claims to have finally found proof that Loch Ness Monster exists", The Daily Mail, Aug. 3, 2012
The Scottish government has long been interested in protecting Nessie. This just reinforces this whole notion (that) the officials in Scotland take this creature very seriously.
LOREN COLEMAN, attributed, "Loch Ness monster is real: former Scottish police chief", The Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 27, 2010
I saw an object surface. It was a large, black object -- a whale-like object, going from infinity up, and came round onto a block end -- and it submerged, to reappear a matter of seconds later. But on this occasion, the block end, which had been on my right, was now on my left, so I realized immediately that while in the process of surfacing, as it may, it had rotated. And with the predominant wind, the south-west wind, it appeared to be, I would say, at that stage drifting easily across.
IAN CAMERON, "The Beast of Loch Ness: Eyewitness Accounts", NOVA
New animal discoveries show that humans still have a lot to learn about the world. Just three weeks ago, scientists reported that they had discovered a new species of giant lizard in the Philippines.... The finding underscored how strange animals -- from Big Foot to Yeti to the Loch Ness monster -- may still be lurking beneath our noses.
STEPHEN KURCZY, "Loch Ness monster is real: former Scottish police chief", The Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 27, 2010
Should you ever come within range of the "monster" I hope you will not be deterred by humanitarian considerations from shooting him on the spot and sending the carcass to us in cold storage, carriage forward. Short of this, a flipper, a jaw or a tooth would be very welcome.
UNNAMED OFFICIAL FROM ENGLAND'S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, attributed, Britain's X-traordinary Files
Unlike the bold monsters of old, "Nessie," as the Loch Ness Monster is affectionately called, is a shy, retiring creature that has never harmed a soul. Sure, it has surprised and scared a lot of people, but it has never tried to drown or eat anyone. So it's no surprise that Nessie is the most popular of all cryptids.
RICK EMMER, Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction?
It is interesting to note that during the Second World War the German High Command had sufficient confidence in the reality of the monster to actually drop bombs in Loch Ness with the intent of destroying the creature and, thereby, damaging British morale.
DONALD E. SIMANEK & JOHN C. HOLDEN, Science Askew: A Light-hearted Look at the Scientific World
The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as including misidentifications of more mundane objects, outright hoaxes, and wishful thinking. Despite this, it remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. The legendary monster has been affectionately referred to by the nickname Nessie since the 1940s.
ANONYMOUS, "Loch Ness Monster", Wikipedia
Loch Ness is a deceptive lake in more ways than one. The water that flows into the loch from surrounding rivers and streams contains a suspension of peat particles that tint the water dark brown and block sunlight from penetrating more than about 13 feet (4 m). What this means is that the vast majority of the water in the loch is never exposed to the light of day or to the eyes of curious residents, tourists, and scientists. It's the perfect place for a shy lake monster to hide.
RICK EMMER, Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction?
The museum urges strongly that the RSM have the reversionary rights to the "Monster" if and when its corpse should become available.... We think the Monster should not be allowed to find its last resting place in England. Such a fate would surely outrage Scottish nationalism which at the moment is thriving greatly under the Monster's beneficent influence.
THE ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM, letter to the Secretary of State for Scotland, 1934
Even if paddling pachyderms are no longer the likeliest explanation, other theories are plausible. Loch Ness is actually a sea lake, fed from the Moray Firth in the North Sea via the River Ness. Furthermore, the Moray Firth is one of the areas of British seawater most frequented by porpoises, dolphins, and whales. Indeed, seals and dolphins have been filmed in the loch many times. If the mind wants to see a monster, three partly submerged dolphins swimming in a row could easily provide the illusion of a thirty-foot, three-humped creature in the gathering gloom -- especially after a few drams of the local malt.
ALBERT JACK, Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs: The World's Most Puzzling Mysteries Solved