Nessie; the most famed Plesiosaur of all!

Nessie Haiku

About 10 miles from the city of Inverness in Northern Scotland rests the peaceful Loch Ness. A huge lake 24 miles long, over 700 feet deep, containing more fresh water in its depths than all the lakes of Wales and England combined. Today you’re just relaxing in a small boat on the Loch glad to be alive as you slowly doze off.

Later you’re awoken violently by vicious waves crashing into your small boat and splashing all over you. As you snap to full attention and look around you realize a violent storm has arrived to ruin your peaceful day. Quickly you focus on returning your boat safely to shore but soon it’s painfully apparent that your efforts to control the small boat are in vain as your swept deeper into the Loch. Things turn even worst as the waves shatter your boat with a wicked glee and your swept even deeper and deeper into the Loch vainly trying to breathe as panic fights to take control of you. Before you realize it your swept deep underwater and find yourself giving up all hope. A quiet, nearly peaceful, moment passes after losing all hope before you realize that a moving shadow you were absently staring at is actually growing bigger as it approaches you. Finally it comes into full view and you see a huge beast you can’t even begin to find the words to describe. It’s many times larger than you with four flippers and a neck nearly double the length of it’s enormous body. You’re frozen with fear as the beast swims up to you and grabs you with its mouth. You feel it’s sharp teeth and in a final spike of panic you wonder if the beast is death itself before you pass out.

You regain consciousness on the shore of the now calm Loch unaware of how long you’ve been out. Your breathing raspy and your body aching you slowly stand up, nearly keeling over as you cough up more water than you thought a persons lungs could contain. Now, your breathing steadier, you stand and wonder why you’re still alive. Did the creature lose it grip on you and you washed ashore, or did the beast actually save your life? All you can do is stare out upon the now peaceful Loch and wonder…

What is Plesiosaur and why am I writing about a dinosaur?

Well for starters a Plesiosaur is not a dinosaur but more on that later. My sisters birthday is in 3 days on the 9th of March, she’s turning 10. That’s significant in its own right and I asked her what Legendary Animal she wanted me to write about for her Birthday and she chose Nessie the Loch Ness “Monster”. So here I am writing about it, running a bit late and trying to finish this article sometime today so it can be published. I feel I should also mention why Plesiosaurs count as Legendary Animals when it’s known for a fact that they were, or still are, a real living animal. The answer lies in the purpose of this series of Articles I’m writing which you can read more about in the first Legendary Animals post, however the point is that Legendary Animals refers to all animals spoken of in Legends and Myths which aren’t confirmed real, including but not limited to Cryptids. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way lets go over what a Plesiosaur actually is shall we?

A Plesiosaur is a giant carnivorous sea reptile, anywhere from 7ft to over 40ft long, which as far as most people are concerned is now extinct. Although it could certainly still exist considering discoveries of creatures such as the coelacanth and the fact that the Ocean is still highly unexplored and so deep in places that humans can’t yet tread there, although I am sure it’s only a matter of time. Despite being a reptile the Plesiosaur is warm blooded and gives birth to live young, both of which makes the creature infinitely more fascinating to me. It had a varied diet consisting of fish, squids, and crustaceans. The Plesiosaurs neck is usually twice the length of its body and some claim it wasn’t very flexible due to the structure of the neck bones. I for one question if the neck really is as stiff as many claim; I believe it’s possible there could’ve been space between the neck bones filled with muscles, in a semi-similar structure to how a squids or octopuses limbs work. Of course that Neck Theory is merely my own and I hope to do more research into that possibility in the future. The Stiff Neck Theory makes it unlikely that a Plesiosaur could raise its neck very far out of the water, but my counter Theory accounts for why some Nessie, and similar, sightings claimed the creature could raise its neck from the water by several feet. At last we reach the fact that the Plesiosaur is not considered a dinosaur even though it supposedly lived at the same time as them, went extinct around the same time, and is even a reptile. Honestly I’m not completely clear on why scientists don’t consider it a dinosaur, especially since most non-scientists do think of it as a dinosaur. If you know the answer I’d appreciate you add your explanation to the comments below.

The Legend of Nessie

As we continue we now reach the actual Legend of Nessie which goes back many years at least to the AD 500’s when Saint Columba (AD 521-579) is said to have come across the monster and stopped it from attacking a man in the water by calling on God’s name, which caused the creature to quickly flee. So clearly the Legend of Nessie isn’t anything new, in fact there’s plenty of other Plesiosaur sightings in other places around the world as well. However when most people think of Nessie they think of it as more of a modern Legend, so let’s go back to when Nessie as we know it now really came into the public consciousness.

The modern Legend of Nessie began with the expansion of a road which ran along the north side of Loch Ness. Dynamite was used and many obstructions were removed which afforded drivers a better view of the water. On April 14 1933 a couple driving by saw the creature in the water and stopped to watch it for a few minutes; a couple weeks later the story appeared in the Inverness Courier Newspaper which described the creature as a monster. Several months and sightings later and the Loch Ness Monster had become an international sensation. As the creature grew more and more popular people came forward claiming to have seen the creature even further back than 1933. Besides the sheer number of credible witnesses over the years another thing which lends credence to Nessie’s existence is the sighting and sonar of apparently more than one creature, including ones of smaller size. Thus indicating a population which is clearly needed for the animal to breed and continue existing within the Loch. Time passed and more evidence supporting the existence of a creature in the Loch accumulated. There were also of course plenty of hoaxes, but even after removing those there is still an overwhelming level of evidence supporting Nessie’s existence. So much so that the scientific community  was literally on the verge of accepting the Legendary Animals existence as fact around the year 1975. Unfortunately the Skeptics ultimately won what must have been a very bitter and uphill battle. They claimed that many of the pictures were probably just logs or other such things but that wasn’t really a satisfactory explanation in most cases. So the Skeptics shifted gear and began to accuse all investigators of being hoaxers. They also claimed that none of the photos or videos were clear enough to validly prove anything which is one of the only claims of the Skeptics which can actually be justified. It’s also one of the primary reasons why Nessie hasn’t been declared real.

Although there is of course other problems with Nessie’s existence. One of which is the fact that Loch Ness is too cold for a reptile, but as mentioned above Plesiosaurs were actually warm blooded reptiles. Another problem is that a Plesiosaur breathes air so certainly is must surface several times a day for breathing, right? Not necessary as Loch Ness is very deep and could contain caves with air pockets. It fact I don’t believe humans can yet say for certain what does lay in the depths of Loch Ness from just a geological perspective. There’s also claims that there isn’t enough life to feed and support a population of Plesiosaurs which is certainly hard to refute. So either Plesiosaurs don’t eat as much as we’d expect or perhaps those caves also lead to more food?

Of course Nessie, despite getting all the attention, is actually only one mystery of Loch Ness. Believe it or not other strange creatures have been sighted in the Loch by a minority of the witnesses. These rare sighting include odd creatures such as Zeuglodons and it really causes one to wonder what’s actually going on below the surface of Loch Ness.

Final Verdict

I believe Nessie is real. Or more accurately I believe Plesiosaurs do still live to this day. Admittedly sightings of Nessie have seemingly declined as of late, meaning Nessie and its race may have been a dying breed in Loch Ness which finally finished dying off. But that doesn’t invalidate the sheer volume of solid evidence, ranging from photos and videos to sonar and credible witnesses, which has been gathered over the the years. In fact it would almost seem foolish to completely believe that nothing could possibly be behind a Legend which literally stretches back hundreds of years. More so than even that is all the sightings of Plesiosaurs around the world thus making this an easy verdict to reach.

Sorry for the delay on this Article, I’ve been very busy lately; thankfully I still (barely) got it published on the day I wanted it to go live. Anyways do you believe in Nessie or Plesiosaurs still being alive? Please comment below and let everyone know. Also as always here’s some links to more information:

Here’s a Nova Article on the history of the Loch Ness Monster.

And here’s what the Skeptic’s Dictionary has to say about the Legendary Animal.


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