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.
“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.