1 April 2013
The Loch Ness Monster is Just Another Legend
A monstrous myth lurks the waters of Scotland, one of which is the creature people claim to see break the surface. This monster has stumped cryptologist for years trying to find the monster but, no conclusive proof has been given that the monster even exists and no one has ever caught the monster . The myth itself began with a monk, telling the tale of how he fought off a giant serpent-like creature in the Loch Ness lake (Coleman, Clark 139). Year after year people started to tell their own stories of how they spotted the Loch Ness monster. Legend has it that the creature has been in that lake since the dawn of time, some myths state that it has magical powers while others just think it is just a monster (Loxton 1). One would suggest that it would be illogical for someone to believe that the monster has survived since the dawn of time and not have left any fossil records. People also believe this creature could hide from modern technology. Also, many sightings claim odd movements in the water which could be easily explained using plate tectonics. Then again people continue to be delusional and take pictures of what they think is the Loch Ness monster but come up as seals or other sea critters. The facts state there is no Loch Ness monster in the Scotland lakes and there never has been.
For the Loch Ness monster to have survived for so many years, it must have a continually true breeding population . Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark argues "That to survive there must be a breeding population of Nessies"(Coleman, Clark 140). This means that there would be multiple Nessies in the Loch that are able to breed with each other. With multiple Nessies in the Loch, there would be a greater increase in the chances of finding the creature. Not only would there be an abundant amount of this creature but, they would all look different from the originally spotted Nessie, claimed to have been seen years ago. Gupta confirms this by claiming "As time passes these mutations are passed on from one generation to another slowly resulting in the accumulation of mutations and the formation of an organism that is entirely different from what it was", when acknowledging Darwin's theory of natural selection. This means that the monster cryptologists and the common folk are trying to find. Simply is now an entirely different monster than it once was since according to Darwin mutations would have changed the creature over time (Gupta 1). Therefore, a true and original Loch Ness monster that was seen centuries ago, would not be the same monster that people find today (Coleman, Clark 139).
The creature not being the same as how it was years ago may help prove that the monster could exist. Darwin's theory also acknowledges that organisms over years can adapt to their surroundings in order to survive (Gupta 1). This is saying that the Loch Ness monster over the course of many years could have adapted to the Loch and continued a breeding line. Yet, this also means that the creature would have to adapt in a way that it can prevent being seen and captured by humans. This adaptation would mean that it can go undetected by radar, smart enough not to fall for bait, is able to go undetected in photos, and would leave no trace of its death. Since those are the instruments used to find the Loch Ness monster and have yet to provide conclusive proof of the creature. Such an adaptation as this one has yet to be recorded and would be very rare to find.
If the creature has ever survived there would be fossils or bones where the creature had passed away. To this day those bones and fossils that prove Nessie existed have yet to be found and confirmed to be the Loch Ness monster. Many fossils of prehistoric animals have been found but in order for them to be the Loch Ness monster, the fossils found would have to date after the first sighting of the creature. Since at the first time the creature was seen, it was distinguished to be the Loch Ness monster. Otherwise the creature seen at the first sighting would not have been the Loch Ness monster. This means that the creature would have kept a species line going until at least the 6th century when it was first spotted by a monk (Perkins 5). The creature must have at least survived until that time because that was when the legend started and in order for the monk to have really seen the monster, it must have been alive. Because, if the fossils suggest the creature died before the first sighting was recorded then, the fossil found is merely a dinosaur that lived before humans recording its existence.
With all the new gadgets people have today the Loch Ness monster cannot hide. Technology would prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster by providing evidence that is conclusively the Loch Ness monster. People now are using underwater cameras to take pictures of the creature the only problem is the photos did not come out clear enough to provide evidence of the creature (Coleman, Clark 141). Also many of people drive boats on the lake with sonar equipped trying to find the Loch Ness monster. It seems that Joe Nickell was one of those people and as usual Nickell left empty handed (Nickell 2). With so many people on the lake using modern technology trying to find the monster, there is no way it can hide. A creature recorded to have such great mass would show up on many radars and would be easy to spot in photos. Such a prehistoric creature could not hide from sonar and modern technology today and would show up in fossils dating back as far as the 6th century.
Many of claims that people make in saying that they have spotted the Loch Ness monster is that they spot a large commotion in the water or odd waves. This claim is debunked by a geologist who explain those odd waves or commotion in the water as gas being released by a fault underlying the Loch (Perkins 6). Not only does plate tectonics disprove the waves and commotion in the water but also, some of the lumps that break the surface of the water. In fact it is believed that " Seismic energy rumbling beneath and through the Loch's waters"(Perkins 7) is a reason for the odd lumps in the water. Many people also believe that when they see large waves and there must have been an animal who created them. Well that isn't always the case, earthquakes have been reported to have been felt near Scotland. It is said that some of those earthquakes cause large wave formations that could be mistaken for a large sea creature (Perkins 4). Therefore, the sea creature known as the Loch Ness monster is nothing more than some shifting of the Earth's plates causing strange wave formation.
Hoax after hoax are made about the Loch Ness monster, some on purpose and some on accident. Some people take photos of a miniaturized copy of the Loch Ness monster (Nickell 1). While others take pictures of seals or other sea creatures and confuse them as being the monster (Nickell 1). It's funny that people keep bringing in photos and stories but, no one brings the creature itself. This may be because no one has caught the creature on a hook or in a net. Instead most people capture photos of whales and other sea creatures thinking they're Nessie. An interesting claim on the Loch Ness monster came from a man who thought the Loch Ness monster was chasing him but ended up being ponies in the water (Nickell 1).A very famous set of hoaxes were presented by London Surgeon. The photos are believed to be nothing more than diving birds or otters in the water (Coleman, Clark 139) .Hoax can be seen as a strong word rather than being seen as people just make the mistake of taking pictures of other creatures or some debris found in the water. So many claims have been made out to be false, but the main part that disproves the Loch Ness monster is the lack in evidence supporting the existence of the creature.
Some pieces of evidence have not been proven as hoaxes but rather as unexplained pieces of evidence. Coleman and Clark tell the story of an underwater picture taken after large objects that were previously seen on a radar. Turn out to be unexplainable, the photos are said to contain two objects about twenty to thirty feet long chasing a school of salmon (Coleman, Clark 140-141). Many cases have been made out to be unexplainable and potentially evidence that the Loch Ness monster exists. Another case presented by the same people who took the underwater photos. Came out to have images of what is said to be the creatures head and upper torso (Coloman, Clark 141). With pictures like these, people have tried to conclude that Nessie exists and has roamed the Loch for many years. But without presenting the creature physically, the photo proof can be taken as just another sea creature or a new species found in the Loch.
The Loch Ness monster could not have and does not exist in the Scotland lakes. Such a prehistoric creature could not hide from sonar and modern technology today and would show up on fossils dating back as far as the 6th century. It would also have had to keep a breeding population alive for thousands of years and have evolved it what seems like impossible ways. The creature has had many of its claims shattered by the formation of plate tectonics below causing odd ripples in the water and wave formations. No conclusive picture evidence that the creature truly exists/ did exist have been expressed but rather many hoaxes have emerged and evidence that cannot be explained. Different articles and books argue that the Loch Ness monster does or does not exist. Well the fascination over the creature is merely a child's story and another Scotland legend which is used today by the locals to make some money off of tourism. So people need to spend less money and time trying to find a creature that does not exist and focus on things in life that are productive to society such as getting jobs that don't involve catching a monster that doesn't exist.
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