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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Is Nessie a Giant Salamander?

Nick Redfern has a new post on Mysterious Universe on the topic of Nessie and what she could be.
This time - a giant salamander.
Old pamphlet The Home of the Loch Ness Monster,
featuring Nessie as a giant salamander

Here's how Nick's post starts:

"Reports of lake monsters abound across the entire planet. Amongst the most famous one are Scotland's Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo of Lake Okanagan, and Champ of Lake Champlain. The big question is: if the "things" are real, then what, exactly, are they? On the matter of the Loch Ness Monster, creature seekers have suggested they may be relic populations of plesiosaurs, marine reptiles that are believed to have become extinct tens of millions of years ago. Other theories suggest the creatures might be immense eels. Sturgeon have been suggested for some reports. And there is also the supernatural scenario. 
There is, however, yet another angle, too: the ides that the beasts of Loch Ness are salamanders, albeit of a very (very) large size. Salamanders are amphibians that are noted for their long tails, blunt heads, and short limbs and which - in the case of the Chinese giant salamander - can reach lengths of six feet.
But, here's the important question: is it possible that some salamanders could grow much larger, even to the extents of fifteen to twenty-five feet?"

You can check out the rest of Nick's post on Mysterious Universe. 

The "Nessie is a giant salamander" theory has been around for many, many years. It was one of the first, actually. I remember the first time I heard about it was when I read Jeanne Bendick's 1976 book The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, which was actually the book that got me interested in Nessie, and, in turn, everything unexplained!