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A "Giant Frog" in Loch Ness?

Karl Shuker has a new article up on his blog about a very old Loch Ness Monster sighting, where the witness, a diver named Duncan Mcdonald, said he saw a "frog as big as a goat" beneath the lake's surface.

Shuker reprinted the original newspaper account on the sighting and the whole article is a good read. It and many others will also be discussed in his forthcoming book Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium from Loch Ness. 

See Shuker's article here. 


  1. I have read a handful of reports which seem to be frog creatures in the Loch. I think the idea is very interesting... Especially because the report that you mentioned is from 1880.

    1. It at least shows that sightings of the LNMs began long before the 1930s. An amphibian identity would explain why the creature isn't seen much on the surface, since it wouldn't have to come up to breath, but I personally think the LNMs are mammals.

    2. What kind of mammal? An otter or seal?

    3. I think it could be some sort of giant, long-necked seal, like Peter Costello theorized in his book In Search of Lake Monsters.

    4. Hmm, interesting. Where could that fit within evolution? Do you know of any ancient animals who were similar?

    5. I don't know where it would fit in... But it wouldn't be impossible for something like that to evolve. Nature's full of surprises.

    6. I have always thought that the Loch Ness Monster is likely zooform because of how many times people have scanned the loch and found nothing. I think it is extremely unlikely that a breeding population of fairly good sized creatures could survive unseen in such a place, especially when everyone and their aunt are looking for the creatures. A non corporeal creature is much more likely in my opinion.

    7. Maybe it's a zoo form long-necked seal...


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