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Loch Ness sees spate of monster sightings

By T.K. Randall
November 22, 2014 · Comment icon 14 comments

Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Conner
A recent increase in Loch Ness Monster reports has been attributed to debris from a nearby forest.
After 18 months of no sightings at all there has been a sudden and unexpected increase in the number of people reporting encounters with the famous lake monster over the last few weeks.

Most of them, including that of Richard Collis who filmed a dark object protruding from the water earlier this month, have described witnessing a long, thin, serpent-like head and neck rising up from the murky depths of the loch.

While these sightings might seem like definitive evidence that something strange is going on, it just so happens that this latest wave of reports coincides exactly with an increase in the amount of logs and other debris being washed in to the loch from nearby Urquhart Bay Wood.
"Large amounts of wood flows out of the woodland through the two winding rivers that flow into Loch Ness each year, peaking when water is high in late autumn and spring," said a spokesman for the Woodland Trust conservation charity.

"I think that some of that debris explains the long thin, sometimes stick-like, shapes seen."

The Urquhart Bay area has in fact been described as a "Nessie spawning ground" due to the sheer number of monster-shaped objects that end up in the water there.

Source: Independent | Comments (14)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Foil Hat Ninja 8 years ago
Unlike all of you, I take finding proof for the existence of the Loch Ness Stick very seriously.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
This is proof of the monster. It's coming ashore and ripping out trees and dragging logs for foraging reasons and marking territory. It's the time of year where it feeds more and needs to pack on the pounds to sustain itself over the winter. This explains the sudden debris. Although not hard fact, these several maybes equal a yes... The monster is real.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
UMW = unidentified mysterious wood The most elusive of all prey. Or UFO: Unidentified Floating Object.
Comment icon #8 Posted by spud the mackem 8 years ago
So who is chucking all this unexplained debris into the Lock, or is Nessie cutting down trees and copying the Beavers and building himself a "house". Maybe a Scottish McBigfoot is helping , it could be McAliens making a clearing in the woods to hide their saucer for the winter. D,ye no ken.
Comment icon #9 Posted by cultish 8 years ago
You'll never find a Nessie in the zoo.
Comment icon #10 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
You'll never find a Nessie in the zoo. You`ll never find Nessie in Loch Ness either.
Comment icon #11 Posted by gatekeeper32 8 years ago
I smell a new Loch Ness movie this summer.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Shayde 8 years ago
Interesting, very interesting.... I say that, simply because it's not the busiest time for that area of Scotland for the tourist trade. You might think this to be a tactic in getting more people to go there just now...!
Comment icon #13 Posted by HMS Dreadnought 8 years ago
Maybe the locals had too much Irn-Bru & Vodka
Comment icon #14 Posted by tyrant lizard 8 years ago
I went for a swim in the loch the other day. Didn't see a thing

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