BY JOHN KINSMAN, Coastwatch St Monans, East Fife
Nessie believers will need more than an expert study to be persuaded the monster is not real. The legendary beast has split opinion for decades and will for decades more. But what is not up for debate is the fact she attracts visitors to the Highlands from across the globe. The result of Professor Gemmell’s scientific tests has made him a sceptic. The acaemidic from New Zealand said, “We can’t find any evidence of the creature remotely related to a dinosaur or reptile in our data. I am sorry. I don’t think the Plesiosaur idea holds up based on the data”.
But for every doubter there are those who cling to monsters existence and point to the numerous sightings.
They include Gary Campbell, keeper of the Loch Ness Monster Sighting Register, who said “I still believe the monster exists. The issue is just what she is, so then I don’t think this research moves us forward at all. Their research has not added anything at all from a scientific perspective.”
HISTORY OF MYSTERY
Nessie is one of the world’s great unexplained mysteries. The first sighting of the serpent like beast was by George Spicer who claimed the 25 FT long creature crossed the road in front of his car in 1933. A year later the famous photo appeared showing the monsters head and neck poking out of the water. But that was exposed as a hoax in 1994 when Christian Spurling said on his death bed that it was staged. Thousands of tourists still flock to the Loch each year in a bid to catch their own glimpse of the monster.
Coastwatch St Monans have had a busy September. During the month they were visited by a German TV crew who filmed the Coastwatch team for a programme which is being screened in December. Also during the month the Coastwatch team did their daily watch keeping and patrols. They attended an incident involved a kite surfer who crashed onto rocks near St Monans. Sadly the kite surfer lost his life. Coastwatch St Monans also were informed of a landslide on the coastal path between St Monans and Pittenweem. They warned walkers of the danger and patrolled the area until the path cleared.
Bomb Scare on Fife Beach
Bomb disposal experts were called to a Fife beach after volunteers conducting a beach clean found what they thought to be a bomb. The discovery was made on Lower Largo beach a few miles from St Monans after 11am on Monday September 23rd. Local roads were closed and an explosive ordnance disposal team called. Several homes on the village main street which backed on to the beach were evacuated while bomb disposal experts dealt with the device. They carried out a controlled explosion. Coastwatch St Monans were paged and tasked to provide safety cover and keep sightseers away from the beach.