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Investigator: 'Nessie related to extinct whale'

By T.K. Randall
February 21, 2021 · Comment icon 14 comments

Could the Loch Ness Monster be a type of whale ? Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Conner
An American cryptozoologist has put forward a possible new explanation for the Loch Ness Monster.
Over the years countless theories have emerged attempting to explain the existence of a large, unknown aquatic beast in Scotland's enigmatic Loch Ness.

These range from an extinct prehistoric reptile such as a plesiosaur to a species of giant turtle, however to date there has never been a conclusive answer to what lurks in the loch's murky depths.

Now cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard - whose globetrotting adventures seeking out evidence of weird and wonderful creatures have seen him featured on numerous History Channel documentaries - has come out with the possibility that the Loch Ness Monster could be related to an extinct species of whale.

"My journey began at Loch Ness back in 1982 when at the age of 15, I spent a week patrolling the loch with an 8mm film camera and interviewing many locals regarding their thoughts on the monster," he said. "I came away convinced that there was something unknown living in the loch."
"Based on thousands of eyewitness descriptions, I'm convinced that Nessie is just one of many such unknown creatures around the globe... and that these animals represent the very same species, most likely descended from an ancient group of serpentine whales."

"For the purpose of this particular work, I interviewed many of the leading Nessie experts as well as investigators of other lake monsters around the world."

Gerhard has outlined this theory in his new book - The Essential Guide To The Loch Ness Monster and Other Aquatic Cryptids - which also includes a foreword by Nessie hunter Steve Feltham who has famously lived on the shores of the loch for years.

As things stand however, his theory is unlikely to be proven one way or the other anytime soon.

Source: Ross-shire Journal | Comments (14)

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
For Nessie to be a whale, there'd have to be a viable breeding population of fresh water odontocetes living and breeding in the Lock. Since they're air breathing mammals they'd be hard to miss, popping up everywhere frequently to breath.
Comment icon #6 Posted by MysteryMike 3 years ago
What Nessie is more likely to be. Eels Floating logs Seals Sturgeons Waves Mystery solved.
Comment icon #7 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 3 years ago
they already have found the monster, it's a movie prop.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Essan 3 years ago
And presumably these marine anmals walked there after the ice age?  Or did the space aliens drop them off after the ice melted and the glacial hollow turned into a lake?   No way could a whale or anything similar swim up the River Ness (seals could - in theory - only because they can survive out of the water)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Matt221 3 years ago
Globe-trotting cryptozoologist ................. nice work if you can get it going all over the place looking for nowt in particular except peoples imaginations and logs
Comment icon #10 Posted by openozy 3 years ago
Yeah, I wouldn't mind it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
Ah, now we're on to the prehistoric whales theory. Wonderful. It's good to just keep guessing. Thankfully the obvious issues have already been brought up.
Comment icon #12 Posted by President Wearer of Hats 3 years ago
It’s more Iike Lapras than anything else.
Comment icon #13 Posted by openozy 3 years ago
What about a stone tape ghost of a whale ?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
If you want to sell your new "Nessie" book, it pay$ to have a new theory  Whale... like Nessie is breaking the surface all the time, jeeesh

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