Creatures, Myths & Legends
Attenborough: 'of course Nessie is a hoax'
By T.K. Randall
September 22, 2019 · 16 comments
Sir David is less than impressed with the notion that Nessie exists. Image Credit: CC 3.0 Mike Dixson
The legendary naturalist recently made his feelings about the famous monster very clear in a handwritten note.
Anyone who has ever gazed out over the waters of the enigmatic Scottish loch will have likely wondered whether its famous denizen, the Loch Ness Monster, lurks in the darkness below.
One such person is Rick Wilson, author of a new book entitled 'Scotland's Greatest Mysteries.
While conducting research for the book, Wilson had decided to contact TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough to ask his opinion on the existence of the enigmatic creature.
"When I started thinking about the book, I began researching some of the prominent people who have believed in Nessie in the past," he said. "Those people include Sir Peter Scott, who was a TV presenter and naturalist long before Sir David Attenborough."
"They were contemporaries and I'd imagine quite pally. I wanted to check if Sir David held the same views so dropped him a handwritten note. Not in a million years did I imagine he'd respond but within days I got this handwritten note back from him."
The note, which was penned in blue ink, reads simply - "Of course the Nessie story is a hoax."
The results of a recent study
into the biology of Loch Ness suggested that the most likely explanation for the monster legend was a large eel.
A recent video
also shows what looks like a giant eel-like creature swimming in the River Ness.
Source: Daily Record
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