BBC airs purported footage of Loch Ness monster
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May 31, 2007






BBC Scotland has aired video footage of what a man claims to be "Nessie", the mysterious creature rumored to dwell in the deep Scottish lake. While scientists have thoroughly rejected the idea that Nessie is a dinosaur surviving from prehistoric times, they allow that the Loch Ness could house unknown species of fish or eels that could be mistaken for the beast of legend.



The "Surgeon's photo" (1934), the most famous picture ever taken of the monster was revealed as a hoax in the 1990s.

Nevertheless, the thought of a lake-dwelling long-necked aquatic reptile attracts thousands of tourists to the site each year. Since the 1930s when the alleged bast was first captured on film (later revealed to be a hoax), there have been more than 4,000 unconfirmed sightings.

The new footage shows ripples caused by the apparent movement of a large object and possibly a "fin". The timing of the sighting is opportune as a group of Scottish business owners launched a bid to nominate Loch Ness for World Heritage site status.

BBC Scotland

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