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Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Live Plesiosaur is Found!

There's even photographic evidence.  According to the Inverness Courier, cruise owner George Edwards walked to the back of his boat, Nessie Hunter IV, and saw this.
What is it?  Doesn't it have to be Nessie, the Loch Ness monster?

I tried to determine the size of this object by trying to find several distances in this photo, and I found it very difficult to come up with any calculation I trusted.  The biggest issue is I don't know if Loch Ness cruise owner Mr. Edwards zoomed in on the photo.  It's also hard to judge where Mr. Edwards is in the loch.

I was able to determine several things using Google Earth.  The distance across the loch from the castle directly across the loch is 1.1 miles or 1.8 km.  The distance between the castle and Temple Pier where he docks his boat is around 9/10 of a mile or 1.4 km.  The cruise owner claims he was a half mile from the object. From photos I could estimate the height of the Tower House (the structure on the right in the photo above) is approximately 11 meters or so.  I can't tell if the structure on the right is another castle structure or the visitor center.
Left: http://www.photo-pimp.com/gallery.php?gid=63; Right: Wikipedia Wknight94
The viewing angle appears to me to be too high.  If the cruise boat owner was on top of the boat, then he was approximately 3 meters above the water.  Remember he claims to also be one-half mile away (800 meters).  

Here another thing about the photo that bothers me.  Look at the ripples in the water.  The cruise boat owner reports that the object was moving slowly away from him toward the castle.  Then why are the ripples moving from the side of the object?

Another creature has been found in Norway.
Andreas Solvik

Here's a question for both Mr. Edwards and the Norwegians.  You had cameras.  You watched these things for up to ten minutes, yet you took one picture.  Plus even the most inexpensive digital cameras have a video camera.  

Cryptozoology is a pseudo-science like homeopathy, magnet therapy, intelligent design (neé creationism), chemtrails, ESP, ancient astronauts, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  As Michael Shermer, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society and columnist for Scientific American, says, "Show me the body."

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