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Did King Kong inspire the legend of Nessie ?


Posted on Sunday, 17 August, 2014 | Comment icon 30 comments

Is the Loch Ness Monster nothing but a myth ? Image Credit: Immanuel Giel
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.

The theory is based on the fact that one of the earliest known modern sighting of the monster took place in 1933 at a time when King Kong was playing in theaters across the United Kingdom.

The encounter was reported by Londoner George Spicer who, along with his wife, claimed to have witnessed a long-necked plesiosaur-like creature not dissimilar to the one in the movie crossing the road in front of their car. He described it at the time as "a most extraordinary form of animal."

Author Daniel Loxton believes that their sighting matches perfectly with the creature in King Kong.

"Previous witnesses had reported splashes or humps in the water, but Spicer reported a close-up view of a long-necked creature that could have been lifted right off King Kong's Skull Island," he said. "Indeed, I believe that is what happened."

With the earliest recorded sighting of a monster in Loch Ness dating back to Saint Columba in the 6th century however it seems doubtful that the legend could have originated quite so recently.

Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (30)

Tags: Loch Ness Monster, King Kong


 
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Comment icon #21 Posted by dr no on 18 August, 2014, 15:12
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." A most bizarre sighting as Nessie hasn't bothered leaving the Loch and going for a stroll since.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Ashyne on 18 August, 2014, 22:06
I didn't know that King Kong was a product of fallout radiation but a natural (fictional) monster living on Skull Island, where also inhabited by humans and dinosaurs. The original film was made in the 1930's before anyone knew of nuclear bombs and the effects of mutations. Nuclear bombs have been around since ancient times. If you watch some episodes of Ancient Aliens, they talk about and show ancient cities that obviously were devastated by nuclear bombs with traces of radiation and explosive damage.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Ashyne on 18 August, 2014, 22:08
no, King Kong was based on Komodo Island, where as you know Komodo dragons are huge. Its called island gigantism "Cooper's friend Douglas Burden's trip to the island of Komodo and his encounter with the Komodo Dragons there was a big influence on the Kong story.[20] Cooper was fascinated by Burdens adventures as chronicled in his book Dragon Lizards of Komodo where he referred to the animal as the "King of Komodo".[19] It was this phrase along with Komodo and C(K)ongo (and his overall love for hard sounding K words)[21] that gave him the idea to name the giant ape Kong. He loved the name as it... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 19 August, 2014, 0:27
Yes I've always been sure that ancient atomic warfare happened and there is so much we don't understand about prehistory. Puting that aside though, I wasn't sure if the 1930's film makers were aware of all that.
Comment icon #25 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 19 August, 2014, 11:53
Wasn't the first "recorded sightings" back in the Viking era? I'm not sure about sea serpents, but I have read somewhere Erik the Red's son, Leif Erickson had written an account in what is believed to be our modern day bigfoot deion.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Yes_Man on 19 August, 2014, 18:25
So how is Bigfoot related to King Kong? They are the same species, no? King Kong is king of the Bigfoots? NO but some people think King Kong is based on an extinct species of giant gorilla
Comment icon #27 Posted by theotherguy on 19 August, 2014, 18:30
Has there ever been a Loch Ness Monster movie? Along the lines of Harry and the Hendersons, I mean.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Myles on 19 August, 2014, 19:01
Nuclear bombs have been around since ancient times. If you watch some episodes of Ancient Aliens, they talk about and show ancient cities that obviously were devastated by nuclear bombs with traces of radiation and explosive damage. Well that is not true at all. I assume you were just joking, right? Ancient Aliens has no truth to it.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Myles on 19 August, 2014, 19:07
Has there ever been a Loch Ness Monster movie? Along the lines of Harry and the Hendersons, I mean. There are a couple: The Water Horse - A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend Loch Ness - Ted Danson, Dr. Dempsey, an American scientist who has become a skeptic after a disastrous wrong call, isn't exactly enthusiastic to be sent by his well-funded employer to Scotland to (dis)prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster, but has no choice.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Llalesay on 29 August, 2014, 2:52
Some of the first lochness monster sightings took place when the Vikings began invading great Britain during raids. So while the first sightings dates back before the King Kong film, the appearance of "Nessie" in that film might have brought the whole lochness phenomena back to life again. But I think it is pretty much dead as it is right now to be honest. As far as I know, there have been little to no sightings recently and there is still a lack of evidence.


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