BBC goes in search of “Nessie,” finds no trace.

The BBC decided to find out once and for all if the Loch Ness Monster really exists so they set up a team with a boat and used 600 seperate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to ensure that no part of the loch was missed. Did they find anything? Nope.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | BBC ‘proves’ Nessie does not exist

“We went from shoreline to shoreline, top to bottom on this one, we have covered everything in this loch and we saw no signs of any large living animal in the loch,” said Ian Florence, one of the specialists who carried out the survey for the BBC.

His colleague Hugh MacKay added: “We got some good clear data of the loch, steep sided, flat bottomed – nothing unusual I’m afraid.”

“There was an anticipation that we would come up with a large sonar anomaly that could have been a monster – but it wasn’t to be.”

They’re confident enough of their search to declare the monster a myth. So why do people keep reporting they’ve seen it?

The BBC team says the only explanation for the persistence of the myth of the monster is that people see what they want to see.

To prove this, the researchers hid a fence post beneath the surface of the loch and raised it in front of a coach party of tourists.

Interviewed afterwards, most said they had observed a square object but several drew monster-shaped heads when asked to sketch what they had seen.

I wonder how well this will sit with “Dr.” Kent Hovind seeing as he likes to point to Loch Ness as hiding such a beast as well as being deep enough to hold the bodies of 5 billion people without so much as breaking the surface.

9 thoughts on “BBC goes in search of “Nessie,” finds no trace.

  1. I would much rather be able to keep the myth than know the truth. Underneath I know it’s just a legend and there is no real Nessie but it was nice to believe..

  2. What’s Tony Blair’s read on the issue?:  “The intelligence was good.  I am confident that we will find the beast and demonstrate to the world that the expedition was justified.”

  3. Hey, I some times believe in Nessie; it depends if the so-called caves exist, etc.

    But then what do I know? I’m a polytheistic whack-job! wink

  4. Is it really “a problem” for some to believe in the myth and go on their marry way (like believing in Santa Claus)?

  5. For Nessie:

    Science! True daughter of Old Time thou art!
    Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
    Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,
    Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
    How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,
    Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering
    To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,
    Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
    Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?
    And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
    To seek a shelter in some happier star?
    Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,
    The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
    The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?
    -“Sonnet:To Science”, by Edgar Allan Poe

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