George Edwards’ Nessie hump hoax reads like Scooby Doo episode. Back in August 2012, Edwards came forward with this:
It was unimpressive and it took barely any time to discover it was indeed a hoax that was easily explained:
Steve Feltham broke the story and described the fiberglass hump which was used in a National Geographic documentary. Solved. So now, Edwards is admitting it was a hoax.
The photograph hailed as “the best ever taken of the Loch Ness monster” has been revealed to be an elaborate hoax by its creator.
The picture appeared to show the curved, brown back of the monster submerged in the loch, and attracted world-wide attention when it was published last year.
Edwards guy is a cad. He did damage with this stupid stunt and his lies. Feltham calls him “nothing more than a faker and a liar”. He caused a ruckus with the local business group by throwing legitimate researchers under the bus in order to preserve his own stake in business at the Loch. (He is a tour boat operator.) And he is unrepentant about it.
“Why should I feel guilty for having a bit of fun?” he asked. “These so-called experts come along with their theories about big waves and big fish, and their visitor centre, but I’m sick to death of them.”
He added: “Where would Loch Ness be without the world’s best known forgery, the Surgeon’s Photograph?”
It’s clear Mr. Edwards is only concerned about the legend as it affects his bottom line. Truth be damned. The Loch Ness story is a long line of hoaxes (See Abominable Science). Sadly, when people have to resort to lame hoaxing (as they have been doing with psychics, ghosts, Bigfoot and many other lake monsters for decades now), this is a signal that people just want sensationalism, to keep the mystery alive. It’s very difficult to be on the side of science and reason when fantasy is more important than reality.
Addition – the business dispute we previously covered between researchers and Edwards has made it to the Wall Street Journal.
A Town on Loch Ness in Northern Scotland Deals With a Fake Photo and a Crisis of Confidence – WSJ.com.
Mr. Edwards’s photo has become the centerpiece of a fierce debate ripping through Drumnadrochit. It has exposed a bitter truth: Some key players in the Nessie industry don’t believe the Loch Ness Monster exists.
One Monday afternoon recently, Mr. Edwards lashed out at his critics to passengers on his tour boat. Nothing irritates him more than the fact that some of his customers have just walked over from the Loch Ness Center and Exhibition, which sits 300 yards from Nessieland, where they are told the monster may not be real.
Incredulous, Mr. Edwards in May escalated his complaint with the town’s fathers. “I carry thousands of tourists on Nessie Hunter every year and I am concerned when passengers tell me that after they have visited the self-proclaimed Official Loch Ness Exhibition and Center they come out feeling disappointed after [being] told that Nessie is a myth or a figment of the imagination.”
Link tip: Kevin O’Malley