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Could earthquakes explain sightings of Nessie ?

By T.K. Randall
April 25, 2020 · Comment icon 7 comments



A floating model of the monster at Drumnadrochit. Image Credit: Immanuel Giel
Could some reports of Scotland's most famous lake monster be the result of seismic activity ?
There are few cryptozoological creatures as well known as the Loch Ness Monster - an elusive plesiosaur-like beast said to lurk in the depths of Scotland's most voluminous loch.

Over the years there have been dozens of reported sightings of the creature, however despite extensive research, no conclusive evidence of its existence has ever been found.

While some people remain convinced that there really is a monster in the loch, others remains skeptical - instead favoring alternative, more conventional explanations.

One such explanation was recently touched upon in a new article by David Bressan of Forbes who recounted a hypothesis put forward in 2001 by Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi.
According to Piccardi, sightings of disturbances in the water could be attributed to seismic activity in the loch which, as it happens, it situated right on top of the Great Glen fault.

Such earthquakes could produce bubbles that rise to the surface or cause underwater debris to come loose and float up, giving the appearance that something large has emerged from the depths.

Critics of this idea however have pointed out that the region rarely sees any earthquakes and when they do happen, they are typically very minor - not even enough to produce visible effects.

There is also no record of earthquakes coinciding with any well known sightings of the monster.

So while it's certainly not impossible, Piccardi's proposed explanation would seem unlikely.

Source: Forbes | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Torviking 2 years ago
Yes I agree with most of this but someone needs to tell the tourist board and the idiot who keeps seeing birds feeding on the Nessie cam or whatever it is.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ultimatium 2 years ago
It's been speculated several times, but i don't think it explains most of the sightnings, but perhaps some of them.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Carnoferox 2 years ago
Agreed, boat wakes, ordinary waves, and animal/object misidentifications are responsible for way more "sightings".
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nnicolette 2 years ago
It's funny how it is considered credible when people make up any random nonsensical thing to explain away things they have predetermined disbelief of without basis.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Trelane 2 years ago
It's even more funny when people still try to fit the square peg in the round hole with these alleged animals actually existing in the Loch today.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 2 years ago
Since earthquakes are rare... This is not really a good answer, is it? If there was a correlation between sightings and fault actions.... That would be a different story.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ultimatium 2 years ago
I still believe that a large lake sturgeon is the best candidate for the loch ness monster, since it has most of the characteristics that people seem to describe in some of the reports. Also, a group of sturgeons splashing on top of the surface could probably be misidentified as a creature with humps if seen from far away. I think it makes better sense than earthquakes, but perhaps it explains some of the sightings.


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