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Mystery object picked up on Loch Ness sonar

Posted on Friday, 2 May, 2014 | Comment icon 29 comments

The shores of Loch Ness. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ben Buxton
A cruise vessel has picked up an 'unusual' reading of an unidentified object in the depths of Loch Ness.
The Loch Ness Monster was in the news again this week when the Jacobite Queen, a cruise vessel that carries thousands of tourists up and down the loch every year, reported that it had picked up a mysterious hit on its underwater scanning equipment.

"The Jacobite Queen spends every day sailing up and down the loch with the sonar on and this reading is the most unusual we have seen for quite some time," said skipper John Askew.

While the hit itself is inconclusive, this incident coupled with the satellite image taken on Apple's mobile map application two weeks ago has helped to reinvigorate interest in the monster legend.

"It's impossible to tell what we've picked up here, but along with those satellite images, you can't help feeling that reports of the Loch Ness Monster's demise may be premature," said Askew.

Source: The Scotsman | Comments (29)

Tags: Loch Ness Monster

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Comment icon #20 Posted by Urisk on 3 May, 2014, 15:17
Aye, at midnight Not sure. If there was a "blip" then yeah it could be a shoal of fish. There's a lot of rotting vegetation down there, so perhaps carbon dioxide/methane bubbles escaping through the layer of decayed matter and silt? Deer also are surprisingly good swimmers- it could also be the sad case of a deer biting off more than it could chew a few days hence, and on it's way to the bottom. We've not really been hit by any noteable storm fronts (well, not down here), but it could be a tree that's rolled down the hill and made it's way into the loch, got... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by PlanB on 4 May, 2014, 21:28
Bigfoot's been all the rage lately. Just glad that Nessie can still share the crypto - spotlight every once in a while.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Calibeliever on 5 May, 2014, 19:16
“It’s impossible to tell what we’ve picked up here, but along with those satellite images, you can’t help feeling that reports of the Loch Ness Monster’s demise may be premature..." Those would be the same satellite photos that were recently confirmed to be the exact same cruise ship that got the sonar blips .... mmmm
Comment icon #23 Posted by Zeta Reticulum on 6 May, 2014, 0:29
Theres one big problem with any suggestion of a large reptile in that lake - breathing ! Number one on the hit list of reptiles to do is breathe. If there was one in there, it would need to breathe so we would constantly see it surface. Also there would need to be a breeding population, in order for the species to have survived this long.
Comment icon #24 Posted by DieChecker on 6 May, 2014, 2:15
It could be a group of fish, or a single big fish. But more likely is a partly water logged log, IMHO. Or even a large bit of trash, like a trashcan, or tire, that is floating around a bit.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Forever Cursed on 6 May, 2014, 14:06
There are large schools of carp in the lake, as well as large rotting logs. They say as these logs rot they create gases that cause them to rise from the bottom of the lake, and at certain depth and pressure they release these gases and re-settle back to the lake floor. So there can be a number of rational explanations for a hit on radar.
Comment icon #26 Posted by davros of skaro on 6 May, 2014, 20:23
It's just a cruising boat with the boat photoshopped out. Oops...I thought this was the Yahoo sat photo thread.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 8 May, 2014, 1:29
Exact same sonar image, exact same boat. They're just blowing smoke to get that sweet, sweet tourist green.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Domina Lucis on 8 May, 2014, 5:21
White sturgeon live in the Loch Ness, and they can grow to massive sizes. Maybe they got on of those on the radar. According to Google, they can grow up to twenty feet in length! I wouldn't be surprised if people see them swimming underneath the surface in the murky water and thought they were seeing Nessie.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Urisk on 8 May, 2014, 13:48
Good point! SCUBA Bigfoot. Aquatic Bigfoot. Bigfin. Aye.

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