February 11, 2014
Where Is The Loch Ness Monster?
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April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe OnlineAccounts of the Loch Ness monster date back over 1,500 years, with modern sightings starting around 1933, according to History.com. The last 18 months, however, Nessie has been decidedly absent.
USA Today reports that the last 18 months has been the longest single stretch without a "confirmed" sighting since 1925, and it has Gary Campbell, the Scotsman who keeps a record of sightings, worried.
"It's very upsetting news and we don't know where she's gone," Gary Campbell told BBC News. "The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn't seen at all."
Last year's supposed photos of Nessie turned out to be a wave, a duck, and a picture not even taken on Loch Ness. Citing a total of 1,036 sightings, Campbell believes that the monster is just taking a break.
"I'm convinced that Nessie has just taken some time out and will be back with a vengeance this year," he says.
A chartered accountant from Inverness, Campbell has been recording sightings for the last 17 years, since he had an encounter himself. He has put together the definitive list of sightings, going back over 1,500 years to the Irish missionary, St. Columba, who is said to have encountered Nessie in 565 AD.
Nessie was placed ahead of the Yeti of the Himalayas (three and 12 respectively) in a list of "top 18 mysteries" for travelers to solve in 2014 from Wanderlust Magazine.
For perhaps the first time, a truly alternative explanation of Nessie has been put forth by Britain's "High Priest of White Witches."
"I personally believe Nessie is a ghost of a dinosaur, who has been regularly seen on the loch," he told The Scotsman. "But the spirit of the creature has been so exploited in recent years I decided to carry out an exorcism, hence no sightings of the monster."
The witch, unnamed in the Scotsman article, says he plans to lift the spell this summer.