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Man allegedly 'found and buried' the Loch Ness Monster 81 years ago

By T.K. Randall
October 23, 2023 · Comment icon 20 comments
Model of the Loch Ness Monster in Drumnadrochit.
Was Nessie found and disposed of in 1942 ? Image Credit: Pixabay / GregMontani
A Scottish politician has revealed the peculiar case of Charles Rankin who claimed to have found the monster.
According to reports, the story recently came to light after Alba Party General Secretary Christopher McEleny submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Inverclyde Council.

The incident, which had also been reported all the way back in 1980 by The Strathearn Herald, concerned a man by the name of Charles Rankin who, along with a second unnamed individual, discovered a "carcass of an animal the like of which neither of us had seen before" in 1942.

"I decided to dispose of the carcass before the smell became really offensive and this had to be done before the tide flowed again," the man told the paper at the time.

"The carcass was cut up into manageable pieces and removed to the town's incinerator grounds."
"The remains were buried in the grounds of the town's incinerator. I had in mind to dig them up at a later date once the flesh had decomposed, but I left Gourock in 1946 and the opportunity was lost."

The response to the Freedom of Information Act request has since yielded some additional details.

"It was reported that as the MOD and Royal Navy prevented photography of the find that Gourock Corporation - now succeeded by Inverclyde Council - incinerated the beast and buried it beneath the what was playing fields of St Ninian's school in Gourock, which is now the site of St Ninian's school in Gourock," said a spokesman.

"The Public Protection Service's Contaminated Land Officer confirmed that if the sea monster was incinerated it is unlikely there would be much in the way of identifiable materials left."

Exactly what the alleged 'monster' actually was, however, continues to remain a mystery.

"This is the first time in decades that it's been confirmed by suitably qualified and in the know public officials that the stories are in fact true," said McEleny.

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney 4 months ago
As we learned hanging out in the Highlands. ......don't hit me...?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem 4 months ago
That feels like a million years ago now. We have covered some distance together over the years Brother ?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 4 months ago
from the OP: "It was reported that as the MOD and Royal Navy prevented photography " Suuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre,,, what a pile - lol, 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Stop asking questions!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 months ago
The UK's thriving black panther population dug it up and ate it, long ago.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Trelane 4 months ago
The fact remains for the creature (as described) to exist there needs to be a viable breeding population.   "Man claims he found the Loch Ness Monster and buried it beneath a school" Well of course he did. What a joke.?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem 4 months ago
I agree, I am not questioning that; I am questioning, 'For such a creature to exist, there'd have to be at least a breeding population of 10 creatures' . A breeding population of 10 would not be enough for a species to survive. I want the math behind that post. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Antigonos 4 months ago
I thought the minimum number required for a viable breeding population was 200.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Resume 4 months ago
To be fair, a made-up creature can have any sort of breeding population that one can make up.
Comment icon #20 Posted by MysteryMike 4 months ago
Not always the case. Rabbits can breed well through inbreeding. It depends on the genetics.

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