Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

The search for an animal unknown to science in the Scottish Loch Ness do not stop until now. Despite the fact that scientists are almost completely proved that the lake can not live such a huge creature, lovers of puzzles and mysteries continue to believe in its existence. Just two years ago there was another photo of the Loch Ness Monster, and then to meet five people reported to him.

Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

The majority of old photos, which you can see something like leaning out of the water head on a long neck dinosaur, have been recognized either fakes or floating images of elephants. Some of the authors of these images, even themselves admit fraud, explaining that they wanted to become famous. It would seem, then the easiest way would be to name all who have seen the Loch Ness monster, scammers, and to disregard their stories.

Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

engineer Tim Dinsdale, one of those who are actively searching for the Loch Ness monster

The ancient hunters Nessie

However, in this case remain too many questions. If people watching Nessie in the twentieth century, made it all up, what about the more long-standing evidence that the lives of some huge monster in Loch Ness? Another BC Celts lake who lived in the vicinity of built stone images of animals living in the area, and one of these sculptures look like a seal with fins and a very long neck - that is approximately as now it is accepted to represent the Loch Ness monster. In the VI century AD, the legend of the monster of Loch Ness won missionary Columbus, subsequently numbered among the saints face. According to one version of the legend, the future saint tried to drive away the monster attack people from the coast with the help of prayer - and the monster turned into a tree. And in the XVIII century the first officially documented evidence of how during the construction of the road that runs past the southern shore of the lake, blasting scared off two huge unknown animals, who rushed into the water.

Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

Loch Ness

Several more evidence that describe the diving in Loch Ness giant salamanders belong to the XIX century. In addition, in the XIX and XX centuries there were several references to the meetings with the monster, like a dinosaur in the other Scottish lakes. They were much smaller than the stories of the Loch Ness Monster, and most of them belong to Loch Morar. The rest of the lakes located in the area can "boast" single descriptions of monsters.

Can you call all ancient inventions describe lake monsters? In centuries past, people who wanted to become famous, was chosen for this other ways, so that their evidence is likely to be on something is based. But what if a huge monster could not live in the lake either before or in our time? To make any kind of animals persisted for centuries and does not become extinct, there should be a lot - at least a few hundred. The Loch Ness monster many simply do not fit, and besides, so many large animals would not be enough food there. There are several theories that attempt to explain these contradictions, but only one of them makes it almost perfectly and does not cause new problems. This theory in the second half of the twentieth century advanced engineer Robert Craig, suggested that people tell about how they have seen and heard Nessie published it sounds, could truly see and hear ... pop-up from the lake bottom pine trunks.

Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

Scots pine, the record for the number of pitches

The whole point of the resin

On the banks of Loch Ness grows a forest of Scotch pine, which stems especially a lot of pitches, a lot more than other coniferous trees. If the old tree outlived its age, falls into the water, it begins to decay within and contained therein resin swells bubbles, since carbon dioxide is formed during decay. When gas accumulates too much wood to the surface. There bubbles burst on the differential pressure, the gas is discharged, and the trunk is lowered again to the bottom.

All this is accompanied by a loud splash of water and a variety of sounds that emit bubbles and bursting them from escaping gas. These sounds can be similar to snort, howl, growl - in short, to the "voice" of a large animal. If the bubble is formed at the end of the barrel, then it will look exactly like the neck of a dinosaur with a round head. However, even if the bubbles are located elsewhere surfaced trunk from a distance, and even through the frequent fog in the Scottish lakes can still be mistaken for someone's neck with his head. Especially if the person is willing to see the dinosaur in lake and looking forward to meeting with him - imagination easily "podretushiruet" trunk image, turning it into a Nessie.

Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

The most famous photo of Nessie, made in 1934 by the surgeon Kenneth Wilson. It is forged

Robert Craig's theory is confirmed by the fact that most Scots pine grows just around Loch Ness. On the banks of Loch Morar these pines have less and see a monster there is much less, and on the banks of the other lakes, these trees are found only occasionally, and the dinosaurs they met very rarely. See in these lakes pop-up pine logs and hear how they "sniff", the locals can at all times, from ancient times to the present day.

And the legend of Saint Columba, probably not coincidentally tells us that the monster turned into a tree - most likely, after a prayer missionary, supernatant pine sank not too deep, and it could get out of the water by local residents.

So in a sense, Nessie and her "colleagues" from the neighboring lakes - it's all the same creatures. However, not animals, and plants.

Loch Ness Monster: an animal or plant?

Nessie Museum of Scotland