As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi claimed geology explained the Loch Ness Monster mystery as being an optical illusion created by bubbles on the water’s surface:
“There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault.. If we consider the terms used by Adamnan, the beast appears and disappears with great shakes. I think it’s an obvious description of what really happened… We know that this was a period [1920-1930, a period characterized by many reported sightings of Nessie] with increased activity of the fault, in reality people have seen the effects of the earthquakes on the water.”
But while many reports claim the Loch Ness Monster mystery as solved, other scientists are dubious of the scientific hypothesis used as a justification for this claim. These scientists point out the fatal flaw in Piccardi’s hypothesis is that earthquakes in the Loch Ness area are usually a magnitude of three or four on the Richter scale, which is not strong enough to cause the types of water surface effects that Piccardi describes. Although larger earthquakes have been recorded in 1816, 1888, 1890 and 1901, these dates do not line up with any of the famous Loch Ness Monster sightings.
Even if the Loch Ness Monster geology solution is wrong, the available Loch Nest Monster facts show that the evidence for a current Loch Ness Monster lurking in the water’s depths is pretty thin indeed. In 2003, a team of researchers sponsored by BBC scoured Loch Ness using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation only to find no sign of Nessie.
A real life Loch Ness Monster would be a pliosaur, which apparently suffered from arthritis. The discovery of the jaws and skeleton of the Siberian Loch Ness Monster called Nesski might give hope that a Loch Ness Monster existed at one time (the earliest first potential sighting was in 565 AD).
Even some of the earlier Loch Ness Monster sightings give evidence that Nessie no longer calls the Loch her home. The Loch Ness Monster was described as being able to lumber across the land. And one story says the Loch Ness Monster was heading in the direction of a river near Loch Ness that leads out to the open ocean. So even if the Loch Ness Monster did exist, it seems she’s long gone.
Do you think the Loch Ness Monster was, or is, real?