Has the Loch Ness monster been found at last this week? An underwater robot came across something very big at 30 feet and certainly mysterious within the depths of the infamous Scottish lake. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed this is not the Loch Ness monster or any of Nessie’s kin, but instead only an old movie prop that had sunk to the lake’s bottom some time ago. Discovery News shares the latest on this trending news story this Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Popular interest in the Loch Ness monster has been around for many dozens of years. Although a plethora of sightings still come to the media forefront today, all such claims have remained unsubstantiated or debunked as hoaxes. A new potential finding was made known this week, but sadly for Nessie enthusiasts, it appears to be just a movie prop. The vestige of this old film seems to have dashed the hopes of many.
The 30-foot model of the monster from Loch Ness is believed to have originated from a movie directed by Billy Wilder, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, released in 1970. According to News Oxy this morning, the film team worked to dismantle various pieces of the prop, though there were still large sections attached together. They then discarded the model once filming was completed.
A VisitScotland source spokesperson first intrigued public interest by saying that part of the underwater robot scanning project searching for the Loch Ness monster had found an “unrecognizable creature” beneath the surface. However, the spokesperson went on to say it was only an impressive remnant of the big screen, and not any old dinosaur or mysterious beast.
“Operation Groundtruth has uncovered a recognizable creature. Although it is the shape of the Loch Ness monster, it is not the remains of the monster that has mystified the world for 80 years, but a star of the silver screen.”
News Oxy also adds in their report that this latest “discovery” in the search for the elusive sea creature interestingly enough bears a connection to the original plot of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes film. The movie featured a potential creature of the deep that was in fact a naval submarine. The 30-foot long film prop itself was salvaged at the bottom of Loch Ness during an expansive search in hopes of finding evidence of the real monster.
Of course, this does not disprove that the Loch Ness monster exists or that Nessie may be found someday, as Munin—the advanced technological robot involved with this latest discovery underwater—has the potential to explore new, deep areas of the loch bed that have not been investigated in the past. Part of this latest survey has been conducted in a joint effort via Kongsberg Maritime with the assistance of VisitScotland and the LochNess Project.
It is possible that even if the Loch Ness monster is not found, a number of other interesting discoveries might be salvaged as part of the survey, from sunken ships to long-lost items. Loch Ness project leader Adrian Shine shared in a statement with the press, “Because Munin can dive and navigate itself safely at great depth, it can approach features of interest and image them at extremely high resolution … We already have superb images of the hitherto difficult side wall topography and look forward to discovering artifacts symbolic of the human history of the area.”
This prop model is not the only Loch Ness monster headline to make waves in the news this month. There were also reports of a mysterious creature in the River Thames in England earlier this week. A brief video and series of photos seem to reveal a very large entity near the surface of the water. Many experts are still at a loss as to what the cause of this large shadow that rippled through the river might have been. Some have suspected it could be a whale, others a potential submarine, while a few hopeful enthusiasts believe it could be a relative of Nessie. It seems sightings and belief in seeing this possible prehistoric beast are still on the minds of many people after all these years.