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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Loch Ness Monster's Humps Filmed? Probably Not

A new video has appeared online that supposedly shows the humped back of Nessie swimming through her home in Loch Ness. Quite a few sites, including the Daily Mail Online and the Express have reported on the video.

The Daily Mail reports:

"The mystery surrounding this monster of the deep has baffled generations.
"In a new twist, a holiday maker has shared a short video of a possible sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.
"Tourist, Tony Bligh shot a video which reportedly shows mysterious humps emerging from the Scottish waters and posted it on YouTube. The curious footage has already racked up more than 22,000 views.
"The video was filmed from the Wellington lay-by on the A82 overlooking the famous Highlands loch, on June 1.
"But the locals are demising the footage of the five-humped figure as an 'optical illusion' caused by waves left behind by a passing boat.
"Bligh said: 'While visiting Loch Ness I noticed this weird formation on the loch near to Inverness end of the loch. Could it be the elusive Nessie?
"'It was quite long. The humps were consistently the same length apart. I don't know what it was. It was very unusual.'
"In the YouTube video there appear to be four to five humps, about 6ft apart, which move in unison but Bligh did concede there was a boat around 1200ft away.
"Dublin native, Bligh added: 'I am tending towards the wake of a boat - I am an engineer and I m on the side of logic.'
"Locals, including respected long-time Nessie investigator Adrian Shine, have rubbished claims the video shows the elusive Nessie.
"Adrian, of the Loch Ness Project said it was instead an optical illusion created by the wake of a boat.
"He said: 'It was a particularly good example of the effect that a reasonably high boat wake can make.
"'It shows how powerful this illusion could be. It produces a line of very soling looking humps.'"

I have to agree with Shine on this one - after seeing the video, it only looks like waves. There probably have been quite a few times when witnesses to lake monsters actually only saw waves on the lake. While at Lake Champlain a few years ago, I saw many waves on the lake, that were totally natural, that almost looked like the back of a lake monster. But they weren't. And neither are the "humps" in the video.

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