Friday, February 1, 2013

The Loch Ness Salamander?

I decided to take a look at what Cryptomundo had to say about Nessie, since most of my other research prior to now has been fairly objective-explaining what the legends are and what the theories are in basic terms, without much argument for either side. I wanted to find some true believers, so to speak.

In just the last month there have been several posts on Cryptomundo about the monster, linking to the Loch Ness Mystery blog, which aims to "[reclaim] the Loch Ness Monster from the current tide of debunking and skepticism", supporting the 'monster' theories over the 'natural' theories when possible. Crypotmundo also linked to the Loch Ness Giant Salamander blog, which takes the 'natural' stance compared to the LNMB, positing that there is a creature in Loch Ness, it's just a giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) rather than a plesiosaur or other giant/extinct monster.

I think these two sources are trying really hard to be as reliable as possible-from the posts I read both cite sources pretty extensively, especially on the LNMB, where they're actively trying to separate out the misidentification and hoaxes from actual information. Although the giant salamander blog is less extensive and newer (first posts were made in August 2012), I think the information is a valid argument and is certainly more explicative on the giant salamander theory than wikipedia or anything else I've read so far. 

In my other research I also discovered (via the Encyclopedia Americana in WWU's reference collection) that Loch Ness was a fairly isolated area until 1933, when they built a road along the loch, and after that the Nessie sightings start. I was surprised that I'd never come across that before, but it makes total sense-you can't report sightings on a road when the road isn't there! Also, Loch Ness is much bigger than I thought-1.5 miles wide, 22 miles long and up to 755ft deep-which is a pretty large area for a cryptid to be hiding in. 

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