Biggest hunt for Loch Ness monster in 50 years

The Times announced today that the Loch Ness Centre is to begin the biggest hunt for the monster within Britain’s largest body of inland water, Loch Ness, for decades. The lake is 132 metres deep in places. It’s volume is 7.45 km³.

Staff at the Loch Ness Centre have partnered with Loch Ness Exploration (LNE) to carry out the biggest surface-water survey in more than 50 years. LNE is a group of voluntary researchers.

Largest search for Nessie for 50 years. Image: MikeB.
Largest search for Nessie for 50 years. Image: MikeB.

The search is planned to take place on August 26th and 27th. The last time such a large search took place was by the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau in 1972 when they studied signs for the mythical monster affectionately called Nessie.

They are going to use different types of equipment which has never been employed before in searching for Nessie including drones that use infrared cameras to produce thermal images.

And a hydrophone will also be used. This device can detect acoustic signals under the water.

The Loch Ness Centre are looking for volunteers to watch out for movements on the water which can’t be explained and breaks in the water which might indicate the presence of Nessie.

Alan McKenna of LNE will brief volunteers on what to look out for and how to record their findings. There will be a debrief in the afternoon after the work has been completed.

The Loch Ness Centre is based at the old Drumnadrochit Hotel. It was managed by Aldie Mackay. He is the one who 90 years ago reported seeing a “water beast” in the Loch as both she and her husband drove beside it.

It’s our hope to inspire a new generation of Loch Ness enthusiasts and by joining this large-scale surface watch, you will have a real opportunity to personally contribute towards this fascinating mystery.

Alan McKenna

Comment: It’ll be a lot of fun but they won’t find Nessie as she does not exist! Sorry guys. Hope you don’t think I’m being too cynical. There is no science and there never has been to support its existence. A belief in Nessie’s existence is similar to the belief in the presence of big cats roaming mysteriously around the British countryside. That belief, too, has never been substantiated by hard, irrefutable evidence. But people like to believe in these ‘beasts’. It breaks the boredom of life.

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