The Loch Ness Monster

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What the fuck phone is he using.... a Super8?
My understanding is that it's a phone-captured video from the computer screen on which he was watching a streamed feed from a Loch Ness webcam.

The captured result is so murky I can't really tell what the object might be.

There appears to be a haze or mist out on the water, but for all I know that's an artifact of capturing the image off a computer screen.

I'm not sure that the captured video is replayed at actual speed. There are multiple places where the object's image and position 'jerk' as if there were missing frames. Naturally, this might be explained by glitches in the streaming feed, the network connection, etc.

Doesn't anyone archive this webcam feed? Might there be a 'first generation' digital file out there somewhere?
 

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Anyone notice what looks like a flashing light at 02:23? Might suggest a boat.
The bright transient bit seems to be unusually 'pure white' and pixellated around its edges. My impression was a localized pixel loss in the image processing / streaming / phone capture chain rather than something the webcam 'saw' in the scene.
 

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Conger eels are marine fish and would die swiftly in fresh water. There may be very large fresh water eels, sturgeon or wels catfish.
 

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Probably sign it up for its own reality TV show.

What happens if someone catches the Loch Ness Monster?
  • 6 hours ago


Image copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Image captionNessie is often described as resembling a plesiosaur, an extinct prehistoric animal
A Scottish government-funded body has a plan in place if the Loch Ness Monster should ever be found.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) prepared the "partly serious, partly fun" code of practice in 2001 amid a period of intense interest in Nessie.

This year's interest has been piqued by scientists gathering DNA from the loch, and Scotland's first minister saying she believes there is a monster.

SNH said it would "dust off" the plan if Nessie was discovered.

The code of practice was drawn up to offer protection to new species found in the loch, including a monster.

It stipulates that a DNA sample should be taken from any new creature, and then it should be released back into the loch.

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThis photograph of Nessie was taken in 1934 but was later exposed as a hoax
The story of the monster can be traced back 1,500 years when Irish missionary St Columba is said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD.

Later, in the 1930s, The Inverness Courier reported the first modern sighting of Nessie.

The creature's appearance has been described as resembling a plesiosaur, a creature that died out with the dinosaurs.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44519189
 

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Which coincides with the tourist season.
The contingency plan was drawn up in 2001, 17 years ago.

Yes, it's a bit of fun, but when there are people who genuinely believe that there is an unknown large species in the loch, maybe it's wise for the authorities not to be exposed to criticism for having no contingency plan. As long as preparing the plan cost no more than a bit of time, with no money wasted on exotic research trips and expert reports, I've no problem with that.

I suspect that very few people who think seriously about it expect there to be plesiosaurs in the loch. However, it would not be surprising to find a previously unknown species of eel or sturgeon — or similar — or a community of larger than usual examples of a well known species. Some species of fish that have no natural predators, being supported by the water around them, can simply keep growing as long as their food supply is adequate.

That said, I'm sure that most if not all supposed sightings can be explained by a combination of misidentification, wishful thinking, and deliberate hoax.

Do I believe in "the monster"? No. Do I at least accept the possibility of a small population of large fish or eels that are sometimes mistaken for the monster? Yes. And if there is a previously unknown species, or subspecies, in the loch, it deserves to have some form of protection in place before it is discovered.
 

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I suspect this is less of a 'planning for the discover of Nessie' than it is 'have a plan for preserving any new form of life discovered in the loch'.

Because there's always the chance that as people spend decades searching for Nessie they actually find some other kind of rare species.
 

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An older article--a travel journal piece--but quite fun:

Loch Ness Memoir
By Tom Bissell
PUBLISHED: March 13, 2007
[August 2006]

Char and I are waiting for Mandy out in front of the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre, which should not be confused with the Official Loch Ness 2003 Monster Exhibition Centre, also known as “the ORIGINAL the Loch Ness MONSTER Visitors Centre,” the unyielding grammar of which I cannot help but admire. All that separates the two centres is a hundred yards of highway A82, with the added diversions of a hairpin turn (the site of numerous yearly accidents), the Loch Ness Monster Booking Office (a mostly gutted office that has the look of a broken-up telemarketing racket), a Bank of Scotland (the cash machine of which is broken), and a store called Bits & Pieces (which sells large, Damoclean swords that, according to the sign on the window, can go “abroad, on a plane, AS LONG AS YOU DECLARE IT AT THE AIRPORT”).

Article Continues:
https://www.vqronline.org/web-dispatch/loch-ness-memoir
 
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