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Is Nessie a Plesiosaur?

If you ever look up information on Plesiosaurus, you can't help but notice all the references to the Loch Ness monster.  But aren't we stretching just a little too far to think a prehistoric creature of this size could have survived when most other "mega stars" from the late cretaceous period didn't? 

Like the Mosasaurus, Plesiosaurus was not a dinosaur, but an aquatic lizard.  And thank goodness, because if they never came to the surface to breathe, perhaps, the legend of Loch Ness would never have come about.  For tragic lack of tourism, the economy of the Scottish highlands could be nonexistent today.

Ancient hieroglyphs and folklore in many cultures worldwide depict their own versions of the Loch Ness monster.  Nessie's many names include: Ogopogo, Champ, Water Horse, Mokele-mbembe.  Truly, the range of the Plesiosaurus was worldwide, so couldn't it be said that since every culture has this common creature in its history, perhaps, just perhaps, Nessie could be real?

What constitutes modern proof of Plesiosaurus?  Multiple eyewitnesses? Sonar hits without recovered proof? Carcasses and footprints? Or do we really only have ancient bones?  At one point, the secretary of state for Scotland ensured that no attacks on the beast would be tolerated, even going as far as to grant Nessie police protection.  Have you ever heard of Big Foot boasting police protection?

Enter the famous Surgeon's photograph of 1934-the most iconic image of Nessie known to modern man.  I can't help but think that such a hoax would work quite well (placebo effect) to generate mass sightings, many, at best, just misidentification of benign objects.

 

While the infamous "Surgeon's photo" is widely accepted as a hoax now, other materials continually surface in its massive wake, stoking the fires of controversy, and keeping the legend of Nessie alive.  Mass media was never one to pass up an opportunity to stir the pot, so new sightings still get their two minutes of fame, (or more, on YouTube).

It isn't actually too far-fetched to think that in the vast expanses of the world's oceans, some places would have underwater caverns where such an animal could "surface" in places never visible to  people.  Following this logic, you'd wonder if such an air breathing creature would need to stick very close to such places, never venturing far enough away to announce their presence without paying the ultimate price.  But then, we would have carcasses, wouldn't we, not just ancient bones?

While we know that Plesiosaurus did exist, lets beg the question-are we looking at a plesiosaurus here?  I personally hope the legend never dies.  While we won't list these fossils as "Nessie Teeth," we can't resist the urge to feed the Nessie craze! Here is some food for thought- we'll and let you decide-Is Nessie a Plesiosaur?



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