Researchers in America have linked the 1933 movie with the first modern Loch Ness Monster sightings.
The Columbia University study has suggested that some of the prehistoric denizens featured in King Kong, such as a large long-necked humpback creature, may have been the catalyst that triggered the modern Loch Ness Monster phenomenon.
A bit like the UFO phenomenon. While there have been sightings of unusual things in the sky for centuries, the widespread reporting of these objects happened during the cold war, starting with Sputnik and the dawn of science fiction movies. Whether this is life imitating art or the reverse, there was still a huge uptick in the number of reports around this time. Interestingly, it seems to me as a casual observer (and I may be completely wrong) there are fewer credible reports now-a-days while everyone is armed with a camera phone and with photoshop technology.
I think the article isn't so much implying that it inspired the legend so much as the modern image of Nessie (long neck, single hump, etc). Earlier "sightings" consisted of vague discriptions of something animal like, as opposed to nowadays where the image is universal.
Granted, I think a large part is thanks to the "Surgeon's Photograph".
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Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:55 AM
The description reads, they witnessed the creature crossing the road. Any known animal crossing the road would be identifiable in my opinion. So unless the story was completely fabricated, which of course it could have been, they had plenty of time to identify it.
Oddly King Kong was released in April of 1933 and accordin to the Nessie Wiki page "Modern interest in the monster was sparked by a sighting on 22 July 1933, when George Spicer and his wife saw 'a most extraordinary form of animal' cross the road in front of their car."