The Loch Ness Monster is....an Elephant?
An new theory
about the world's most famous monster has sparked a little controversey on the shores of Loch Ness.
Apparently, eyewitness sightings of the beast bear a striking resemblence to a swimming Indian Elephant. At least that's what Neil Clark, curator of paleontology at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, claims. And how did an elephant travel thousands of miles to the chilly waters of the northern Highlands? Through the machinations of a tricky circus owner named Bertram Mills, who funnily enough also offered a 20,000 pound award for Nessie's capture. That's about $1.8 million in today's currency, so maybe Mills knew something the other monster-hunters didn't and felt he could safely offer such a...uh...monstrous reward.
I did a mini-documentary
for CBC radio on the Loch Ness monster and met a lot of the people interviewd in the WP story. A certain kind of person is attracted to Loch Ness. No, not crazy people. Dreamers and storytellers mostly. I especially liked that they talked to Adrian Shine- when it comes to monster hunters, this guy is the genuine article. As he said to me in an interview:I'm not here to find a monster. I'm here to explain what people have seen."
And, as he says in the WP
article:"I am not a believer. I am an investigator. . . . I am still investigating."
Gold. Nice to see that there's still someplace left in the world where anything is possible.