Nessie looks pretty wooden in Australia debut

It didn’t seem to be in a hurry… Or even very lifelike.

Monster mystery as ‘Lost Nessie’ spotted off Magnetic Island | Cairns Post.

Magnetic Island is abuzz after a strange, monster-like object suddenly appeared out of waters off Picnic Bay on the weekend.

The spectacle had visitors and locals scratching their heads, with theories ranging from large birds to sunken boats.

Magnetic Island resident David “Crusty” Herron, who took this photo, said he was glad to capture the animal or object on film, and had started calling it Lost Nessie.

Eyewitnesses automatically went to the cultural touchstone closest in their minds – the Loch Ness monster. Even though that’s never been found or even had a common, agreed-upon descriptions. What we do know is that no animal holds its head like this but dragon boats do…

There was mention of increased tourism, of course. But, there was no mention of the thing moving at all. So, yep, this looks like a cut and dried… boat.
dragon boat

Viking ship replica

Viking ship replica

  5 comments for “Nessie looks pretty wooden in Australia debut

  1. October 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Half sunk left over prop from “Lord of the Rings” drifted over from New Zealand by looks of it.

  2. Chris Howard
    October 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Man, I so want to be buried Hollywood-viking style! Set adrift down the Ohio river in my armor, and my swords (I used to teach Medieval European combat… what?!) burning all the way down to New Boston, before sinking to the bottom… or careening into some poor schmucks houseboat. On second thought…

  3. Eve
    October 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Australia’s invaded by Vikings and all the paper’s can say is “Whoa, Loch Ness Monster”?

  4. Graham
    October 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Back in the late 1980′s/early 1990′s a full scale replica Viking dragon boat was constructed in Perth, Western Australia not far from where I lived. After a few years it was sold interstate and ended up in Cairns. I hope that the obect photographed is not that boat.

  5. Crusty
    October 31, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    The original photograph of an object or thing was posted on a facebook page for friends. However, a local newspaper saw the image and decided to use it as a filler for a slow news day. We all know what happened next. No one is claiming that what was sighted is some sort of marine organism. “Our ‘Lost Ness Monster’ or UMOOT (Unidentified Marine Organism Or Other Thing) remains at this time an inexplicable phenomenon. No doubt there is a logical explanation. But meanwhile, ‘Nessie’ or whatever remains a mystery to be resolved.”

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