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No Loch Ness monster sightings in 2013

Posted on Friday, 7 February, 2014 | Comment icon 36 comments

Is there really a monster in the loch ? Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Conner

For the first time in almost 90 years there have been no new sightings of the legendary lake monster.

Large numbers of tourists flock to the Scottish Highlands to visit the world famous lake every year with many hoping to catch a glimpse of its mysterious denizen, the Loch Ness Monster, which is said to have been lurking in the murky depths for centuries.

Aside from a few false alarms however, nobody at all has come forward with a new confirmed sighting within the last 18 months, something that hasn't happened since 1925.

"It's very upsetting news and we don’t know where she’s gone," said Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club. "The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn’t seen at all."

Bookmaker William Hill had been offering £1000 for the best sighting of 2013 but the prize ended up unclaimed, prompting a 'rollover' for 2014. "We’ve now more than doubled the odds of finding proof that Nessie exists to 250-1," said spokesman Rupert Adams.

Source: The Scotsman | Comments (36)

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Comment icon #27 Posted by OverSword on 20 February, 2014, 19:18
This is the longest dryspell of Nessie sightings in 90 years? I had no idea.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Mikko-kun on 20 February, 2014, 19:38
If there's still unexplored crevices and underwater caves in the lake, then who knows. I'd say it all depends on how divable the waters there are, and if there's anyone dipping in.
Comment icon #29 Posted by PlanB on 21 February, 2014, 22:59
The Loch Ness Monster is what got me interested in cryptids in the first place and the paranormal in general when I was a kid, so I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Nessie. I guess we all kind of outgrown her, kind of like in the song Puff the Magic Dragon. Or maybe that song was about marijuana use. If so, my 2nd grade music teacher has some explaining to do.
Comment icon #30 Posted by beelzebufo on 21 February, 2014, 23:34
No, I'm wondering why people who do believe in that all seem to think it's just one individual monster in the lake, when there would obviously have to be a breeding population. I don't believe there are any monsters in Loch Ness. (Edit Sp.)
Comment icon #31 Posted by Mikko-kun on 21 February, 2014, 23:53
Yup, but the nessie population wouldn't just keep growing, because what happens when there's more eaters than there's food. This is just what I've read and not actually field studied myself, but usually when you introduce a new species to a small ecosystem, like a new fish to a lake, or a new coyote to certain valley or a rat to a certain forest: if the species survives and keeps reproducing, the population may peak in the beginning but eventually the population will stabilize and not grow beyond the certain point unless some change happens, like introducing a new species or... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Duck33 on 22 February, 2014, 22:42
Maybe Nessie is off pond hunting in case we vote NO to independence.
Comment icon #33 Posted by lismore on 25 February, 2014, 0:25
if it is a flesh and blood creature, all the noise from boats would drive it away. Having spent many summers camping by the Loch that it a very noticeable thing, at night you can hear the noise of a boat engine from miles away. A creature in the water, with sensitive hearing couldn't stay there. Interestingly enough some of the eye witness reports seem to suggest it has sensitive hearing, reacting to the sound of a boat before a human heard it. And in the past few years the number of boats on the Loch has increased one hundred fold at least. There are a dozen lochs nearby that have z... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker on 25 February, 2014, 1:45
Except for birds.... Except Megalodon, which was in the oceans as late as 1.5 million years ago.
Comment icon #35 Posted by DieChecker on 25 February, 2014, 1:46
You know that after a couple hundred years, the sheep eventually learn not to go down to the water's edge. So the critter packs up and moves to another pond. Maybe? (Maybe not....)
Comment icon #36 Posted by lismore on 25 February, 2014, 23:13
Animals are often distressed by loud noises, it would make sense for a creature to move away from Loch Ness. I would imagine that the number of deer living in the area has declined since it became a tourist hot spot.

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