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Lost Nessie movie prop found in Loch Ness

By T.K. Randall
April 13, 2016 · Comment icon 17 comments

The loch has been used as a backdrop in numerous movies. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Ian Stewart
A large model monster used in an old Sherlock Holmes movie has been identified at the bottom of the loch.
When Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime sent a robot in to loch ness in an attempt to locate evidence of the Loch Ness Monster, the last thing they expected to find was a 30ft model of it.

Discovered using high tech sonar equipment, the fascimile of the world's best known lake monster had featured in the 1969 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes which starred Sir Robert Stephens as the titular detective and Sir Christopher Lee as his brother Mycroft Holmes.

The model itself was built by special effects artist Wally Veevers who had worked on numerous movies including Stanley Kubrick's science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

"We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected," said marine biologist and veteran Loch Ness Monster researcher Adrian Shine.

"The model was built with a neck and two humps and taken alongside a pier for filming of portions of the film in 1969. The director did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy."

"And the inevitable happened. The model sank."

Source: BBC News | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by psyche101 8 years ago
I find it amazing that people are still funding expeditions to look for a monster!!! Awesome find, but did they really actually expect to find the real thing?
Comment icon #9 Posted by South Alabam 8 years ago
I'd bet their hearts did skip a beat for a second.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ashyne 8 years ago
How did they see Nessie earlier if the prop was there later?
Comment icon #11 Posted by diablo_04 8 years ago
Its funny how they are trying everything they got to keep the myth alive and doing stuff to keep the attention on the media. I guess of you prove there is no Nessie = No tourism
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 8 years ago
I think it's an interesting find. It might well be an 'unimportant' movie prop, but the fact it's been down there undetected since 1969 is quite impressive.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Kurzweil 8 years ago
What I like is the movie makers probably sat around after filming "what are we going to do with this thing now?" "Meh, just throw it away in the lake."
Comment icon #14 Posted by DeeSember 8 years ago
Did the movie prop ask for "about tree-fiddy?"
Comment icon #15 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
I thought this was going to be about the prop from the famous photo, not from a serial. Still cool!
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Probably as close to the real thing as there will ever be. MAybe this scared the real Nessie away!
Comment icon #17 Posted by BlackenedTiger 8 years ago
That's funny infernal gno lol like it

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