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Did King Kong inspire the legend of Nessie ?

By T.K. Randall
August 17, 2014 · Comment icon 33 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 (33)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by Rose-Red Howler 8 years ago
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: 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Scarlatti 6 years ago
In modern times there were a great, great many sightings pre-1933 so once again we have a "researcher" who†is talking gibberish.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Oniomancer 6 years ago
Brontosaurus was old hat by the time King Kong came out. Features prominently in the 1925 silent version of The Lost World for one, and Windsor Mccay's pioneering 1914 cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur for another..
Comment icon #33 Posted by oldrover 6 years ago
Any chance of the details of these pre -1933 reports? Or a link to them?†


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