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1930s Loch Ness Monster theft plot revealed

By T.K. Randall
October 27, 2014 · Comment icon 15 comments

Museums were hoping to become the first to display Nessie's remains. Image Credit: Immanuel Giel
A prominent London museum once appealed to bounty hunters to help secure the body of the creature.
When sightings of the enigmatic Loch Ness Monster were first reported back in the 1930s, the creature's existence was taken quite seriously, even among academics.

Now a set of recently discovered documents from the time have revealed that London's Natural History Museum had been very keen indeed to become the first to display the monster's remains and to do so before any of the museums in Scotland.

In a letter dating back to 1934, an unnamed official wrote a response to queries about the museum's official stance on the monster in which he encouraged efforts to secure its remains.
"Should you ever come within range of the ‘Monster' I hope you will not be deterred 
by humanitarian considerations from shooting him on the 
spot and sending the carcase to us in cold storage, carriage forward," he wrote. "Short of this, a flipper, a jaw or a tooth would be very welcome."

The documents were uncovered by author David Clarke who described them as "astonishing".

"During the 1930s, the monster became an important symbol for Scottish Nationalists who wanted the police to protect the creature from big game ­hunters," he said. "There was genuine outrage at the possibility that the corpse of the monster might be taken for display in London."

Source: Scotsman | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by bobb73 10 years ago
I'm happy today's thinking doesn't include killing a possibly rare specie. With today's technology we should be able to produce hard facts and proof anytime now of this creature and othe elusive species. Although it won't be as entertaining a mystery when this happens.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Stardrive 10 years ago
Since the 30's science has answered the question of how the Loch was formed. It was formed by thousands of years of intense glaciation and the Loch we know today is what remains after the glaciers retreated about 10k years ago. So the chances of a relic sauropod living there in modern times is slim to none and slims out of town.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Stardrive 10 years ago
double post
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
I think the used the wrong Bounty Hunter. If you need to capture a water based cryptid, this is the guy for the job... He probably had prior commitments, not to mention the one who hired him can choke hold someone to death.
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Didn't someone(s) offer a similar "Dead or Alive" bounty hunt of Bigfoot? Which of course never came to fruition for either. What's wrong with some people?? You just don't go around killing a potentially unknown, and likely highly endangered, member of a species just because you want to make money off of it in a museum. Isn't that what humans do to "preserve" the species?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Mikenator 10 years ago
I once saw the Loch Ness monster he was hanging out in a puddle in front of my house after it rained I was like hey loch Ness monster what the hell are you doing sitting here in a puddle aren't you supposed to be in the loch ness then he started talking about how he needed tree fiddy to get home
Comment icon #12 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
An outrage!! Had the Scots known this sooner, the vote to leave the Empire might have turned out differently!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Shayde 10 years ago
I remember reading about this years back! Can't recall where from mind, but one reason put forward as to why it wasn't a goer was simple. Somebody had the brains to realise that any "remains" brought in from the alas dead Nessie (and it would have been a case of "Oops, pardon us, but we had to kill it. Bloody thing just wouldn't play along..." might not have been that of an unknown animal but most like a whale or something on those lines!
Comment icon #14 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
So Hilarious in retrospect, yet people are still reporting Bigfoot. The mind boggles.
Comment icon #15 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 10 years ago
I really find the idea of a single plesiosaur living in the bottom of a lake really unlikely. Still, it'd be really cool. Maybe there's more than one of them...

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