If she's real, she's period ;-)
- Or maybe an ancestor, but the early accounts definitely go back into
(with a link to the video)
>May 31, 8:40 PM EDTYiS,
>Man Says He Captured Loch Ness on Film
>By BEN McCONVILLE
>Associated Press Writer
>EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The Loch Ness monster is back - and
>there's video. A man has captured what Nessie watchers say is
>possible footage of the supposed mythical creature beneath
>Scotland's most mysterious lake.
>"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this jet black thing, about
>45 feet long, moving fairly fast in the water," said Gordon Holmes,
>the 55-year-old a lab technician from Shipley, Yorkshire, who took
>the video Saturday.
>Nessie watcher and marine biologist Adrian Shine viewed the video
>and hoped to properly analyze it in the coming months.
>"I see myself as a skeptical interpreter of what happens in the
>loch, but I do keep an open mind about these things and there is no
>doubt this is some of the best footage I have seen," said Shine, of
>the Loch Ness 2000 center in Drumnadrochit, on the shores of the lake.
>Holmes said whatever it was moved at about 6 mph and kept a fairly
>"My initial thought is it could be a very big eel, they have
>serpent-like features and they may explain all the sightings in Loch
>Ness over the years."
>Loch Ness is surrounded by myth. It's the largest inland body of
>water in Britain, and at about 750 feet to the bottom, it's even
>deeper than the North Sea.
>"There are a number of possible explanations to the sightings in the
>loch. It could be some biological creature, it could just be the
>waves of the loch or it could some psychological phenomenon in as
>much as we see what we want to see," Shine said.
>While many sightings can be attributed to a drop of the local
>whisky, legends of Scottish monsters date back to one of the
>founders of the Christian church in Scotland, St. Columba, who wrote
>of them in about 565 A.D.
>More recently, there have been more than 4,000 purported Nessie
>sightings since she was first caught on camera by a surgeon on
>vacation in the 1930s.
>Since then, the faithful have speculated about it is a completely
>unknown species, a sturgeon - even though they have not been native
>to Scotland's waters for many years - or even a last surviving dinosaur.
>Real or imagined, Nessie has long been a Scottish emblem. She has
>been the muse for cuddly toys and immortalized on T-shirts and
>posters showing her classic three-humped image.
>On Thursday, a group of Scottish business owners launched a bid to
>nominate Loch Ness for World Heritage site status - though they
>cited its natural beauty, not Nessie. The Destination Loch Ness
>consortium must submit the nomination to the British government,
>which would decide whether to forward it to UNESCO.
>The Scottish media is skeptical of Nessie stories but Holmes'
>footage is of such good quality that even the normally reticent BBC
>Scotland aired the video on its main news program Tuesday.
Baintighearna Muirghein Dhaire Faoilciarach /|\
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