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What is the Loch Ness Monster?

What is the Loch Ness Monster? This is an intriguing question that has plagued researchers for years. Many theories have been put forth to explain the monster existence. Eyewitnesses generally describe a long-necked, creature with one to several humps. Some reports mention flippers or webbed feet. The animal also has a small head. Below are some theories regarding what this creature is:

“The creature isn’t real; all the sightings are hoaxes and misidentifications.”

Could this really be true that all Loch Ness Monster sightings aren’t real? Probably not. However, there are many hoaxes and misidentifications of the animal. Many of them occurred in the 1933-34 “nessie” fad, including the famed “Surgeon’s Photograph.” There are still many sightings that cannot be easily explained, such as Saint Columbia’s report in 565 A.D. and Roy Mackal’s sightings. A more recent report was when Alistair Boyd saw a twenty-foot hump surface in the Loch. I see no reason to question his sightings credibility. The evidence of the Loch Ness Monster is in several films including the Tim Dinsdale Film and when a LNI member taped a large animal surfacing several times.

The animal is a giant eel or large fish.

This theory is supported by many contemporary researchers. It is a possible way to explain the monster, but it has it’s problems. Many eyewitnesses state the animal had a long neck, which eels and fish do not have. Some people have seen the creature walking or sliding on land. They said it have webbed feet or flippers. Fish and eels do not have webbed feet or flippers. The fish theory would be eliminated by this. However, it is know that eels have ventured on land before, but eels look more like snakes with fins, than a prehistoric monster. Another problem with the eel theory is that eels cannot hold their heads high above the water and they do not have a thin, snake-like neck.

The animal is a giant marine reptile, like the Elasmosaur or Nothosaur.

Critics of the Plesiosaur theory are quick to point out that according to Evolutionary beliefs, Loch Ness formed millions of years after plesiosaurs went extinct. However, being from a Young Earth Creationist viewpoint, I see no geological problems in Nessie being a giant marine reptile or lizard. The giant marine reptile theory is consistent with eyewitness observations. My personal theory is that Nessie is several kinds of unidentified creatures including the Nothosaur. Nothosaurs were a group of marine reptiles with a semi-long neck and webbed feet. They attained a length of near 15 feet, but it is possible there were larger ones.

Below is an illustration of a Plesiosaur:

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