A Ship’s Sonar Captured a Gigantic Creature at the Bottom of Loch Ness
Everyone has heard stories about the Loch Ness Monster. But regardless of the myths and legends, what many people don’t know is that countless serious studies have been done on the existence of Ness.
But perhaps the most surprising study took place in the 1970s when the Academy of Applied Sciences in Boston, USA, funded a series of expeditions whose members included many technically savvy people connected with MIT.
The Academy’s approach was to set a “trap” for the monster, combining sonar and underwater photography for the first time. Under the direction of Robert H. Rines, a physics advocate, the team used a highly sophisticated sonar called side-scan sonar to survey Loch Ness from a point close to the sea. Nearby they placed an underwater camera that took pictures every 45 seconds while a strobe light illuminated the depths with a bright flash. And it was in 1975 when sonar detected a large moving object. It has become the best evidence that there is something more than just fish in the depths of the lake. And now, in 2022, sonar has recorded the mythical beast again.
Other evidence from Ness
Tom Ingram, 36, from Portsmouth, England, was on a boat ride on Loch Ness when he said he saw something “big” on the sonar that passengers can see as part of the experience.
The moving object was about 125 meters below the surface and about 9 meters long and was seen in the same location as a different alleged sonar sighting of the monster two years ago. Tom’s sonar screenshot has been accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register as the second sighting of Ness of 2022.
“We decided to take one of the regular cruises from Fort Augustus in Scotland to take some panoramic photos of the lake while we’re here,” Tom told the British newspaper the Daily Mirror. “Halfway through the trail near Invermoriston we were alerted by a strange shape forming in the sonar. At first we thought it was part of the cruise something for tourists but it soon became clear that what we were seeing was real time and big. I would classify myself as ‘open minded’ [about the existence of Ness] of course we are aware of the myth but seeing something that big on sonar took us by surprise. At first we were excited and then baffled by what we had seen. It certainly adds to the mystery!”
Undoubtedly, it is a surprising finding and difficult to explain, but it is not the first time that the figure of Ness has appeared on sonar. In 2020 Captain Ronald Mackenzie aboard his Spirit of Loch Ness tour boat also recorded stunning images of a large creature in the depths of Loch Ness with his sonar at the same location, Invermoriston.
At the time they were considered the most convincing evidence of the existence of the Loch Ness monster measuring approximately 9 meters long and 150 meters deep. Sonar expert Craig Wallace described the images as “very curious”. For his part, Ness expert Steve Feltham who set a world record for the longest search also claimed that the sonar image was the best evidence of “something big” at the bottom of the lake.
You can think of it as a big fish, maybe a catfish, or just some log at the bottom of the lake. However, all these evidences can prove something else, the existence of a huge creature that managed to survive the passage of time without being discovered. And it’s certainly for the best since if Ness is proven to be real his survival would be in jeopardy.
What do you think of the sonar image? Is it evidence that Ness exists? Or do you have another explanation?
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