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The Loch Ness Giant Salamander

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:59 PM

Loch Ness is credited by many to be the home of an unidentified species of large, yet highly elusive and rarely seen aquatic animals. Every creature on Earth is connected through evolution to every other. There is, in the end, only a limited number of possibilities as to Nessie's place on the family tree. Herein we take one view, proposing that the most parsimonious explanation for the mystery in Loch Ness is that it is home to a rare and as yet unnamed species of Giant Salamander.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:15 PM

Wow, interesting...  

Sooo.... What they are saying is that there are 2 types of species?  Loch ness and salamander?


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:42 PM

:huh:   I don't know about everyone else but I feel more confused after I read all that than before I started....


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:52 PM

You know, in Australia a "beast with two backs" is a euphemism for people having sex...


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:56 PM

It's only the most parsimonious explanation if you start from the assumption that there is a large unidentified creature in Loch Ness. If you don't assume that, then the most parsimonious explanation is that there is no large unidentified creature in Loch Ness.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:51 AM

Perhaps there will someday be an explanation for this creature. Till then, there will be many skeptics and even more theories.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:17 AM

There is already an explanation for this creature:  It doesn't exist.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 07:58 PM

I was under the impression this picture was already explained...

It's a dog swimming back to shore with a stick in its mouth.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:01 PM

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:52 PM

View Posthatecraft, on 08 September 2012 - 06:17 AM, said:

There is already an explanation for this creature:  It doesn't exist.

Awww - but that explanation is obviously no fun - otherwise we wouldn't have all these lovely discussion boards ;)


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:53 PM

View Postlyonsroar, on 08 September 2012 - 07:58 PM, said:

I was under the impression this picture was already explained...

It's a dog swimming back to shore with a stick in its mouth.

Woof woof!  I'm a nessie!  I love my master, he threw this stick and now I am going to take it back to him because I love him so - hey look, a man with a camera, I bet he would love it if I thrashed about with this stick my loving master so lovingly threw.  Woof woof!  SQUIRREL!!!!!!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:34 AM

Generally speaking, large, cold-blooded animal, like giant salamanders would have a really hard time surviving in the cold (maximum 5-7° C) waters of Loch Ness.


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 08:25 PM

I've always had a major problem with the "dog swimming with a stick in it's mouth" based on the fact that if the little dongle bottom left is it's tail then it has an absolutely mahoosively long back! But if it's only a dog's head, and this is in the middle (big black patch the nose etc) then it perhaps looks ab it more like it. But that first picture's been doctored to bring out the contrast and suchlike hasn't it?

To me it looks more like a porpoise that's been stranded, and the tide is in around it giving the illusion that it's actually submerged.  Could be a toy dolphin?

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:13 PM

Now I have seen the image after hearing the 'dog theory' I cannot see anything but a dog with a stick in its mouth. Before this I was open to it being an unidentified aquatic animal.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:37 PM

View PostClobhair-cean, on 09 September 2012 - 06:34 AM, said:

Generally speaking, large, cold-blooded animal, like giant salamanders would have a really hard time surviving in the cold (maximum 5-7° C) waters of Loch Ness.

Sorry, we don't speak Generally. :P

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