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Climate change could impact the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

By T.K. Randall
September 1, 2022 · Comment icon 7 comments

The Loch Ness Monster may not be immune to climate change. Image Credit: Google Street View
Rising temperatures and other environmental changes could make it easier to locate Scotland's elusive monster.
There are few cryptozoological mysteries as enduring and widely known as that of the Loch Ness Monster - a large aquatic denizen said to live in the depths of Scotland's most voluminous lake.

Despite concerted efforts over the decades, nobody has ever been able to conclusively prove that the creature even exists - leaving most scientists doubtful that there's anything actually there at all.

This could all change in the coming years, however, when the effects of global warming begin to take their toll on the surrounding area and potentially on the monster itself - if indeed it genuinely exists.

According to Joan Lawrie - project manager of the North Highland and Islands Climate Hub - future climate change could result in a "much more unstable" environment for the monster.
"Loch Ness, as a freshwater loch, is deep and cold making it an ideal place for Nessie to hide away from public view, ducking down to the depths to never quite be seen," she said.

"This may change with the loch getting warmer and potentially drought impacting on its depths, coupled with changing temperatures impacting the food sources Nessie might be reliant upon."

"Nessie is our most important monster in Scotland, the legend of Nessie being international."

"By taking action now to combat climate change we can preserve Nessie's natural habitat before she is roaming the banks of Loch Ness looking for food and somewhere cold to hunker down."

Source: Daily Mirror | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
If this drought continues the Loch Ness monster will come out of the lake and go for a beer in Edinburg.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 1 year ago
You won't find him cause there's a portal or some crap that takes him to Narnia or was it Nairn? Namibia? I dunno but he usually finishes 2nd to Bigfoot in hide and seek. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by Portre 1 year ago
That's an unfair competition.  Bigfoot can hide practically anywhere and everywhere (practically because one place Bigfoot will never hide is in Loch Ness)
Comment icon #5 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 1 year ago
I'm sorry you're right. I'll apolagise to Nessie when I see him/her!
Comment icon #6 Posted by MysteryMike 1 year ago
Does it matter? Nessie never existed. For such a creature to exist there'd have to be a breeding population of at least 10. Never mind sonar. We can find whales in the ocean but not a large creature(s) living in a lake? All Nessie is just a folk tale/tourist attraction at this point.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Orphalesion 1 year ago
Loch Ness could dry up completely with no monster carcass/bones visible anywhere and some people would still claim "Nessie" exists.

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