There were no credible sightings in 2013.
For the first time in almost 90 years no “confirmed sightings” have been made of the Loch Ness Monster, a veteran Nessie spotter has said.
Gary Campbell, who keeps a register of sightings, said no-one had come forward in 18 months to say they had seen the monster.
“The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn’t seen at all.”
This is very bad for tourism, of course. Hoaxes have been used in the past to drum up interest once again. The various photos or videos people take at the loch that they THINK may be the creature are easily identified as waves, birds or hoaxes.
We’ve written extensively about the news out of Loch Ness. It’s not about the creature (since it’s obviously not there) but about the people using the Loch and its legend to sustain their business. It’s a tricky thing. People CERTAINLY see strange things in the loch but that does not in any way translate to cryptid or unknown monster. The past Nessie reports were strange waves, possibly big fish, logs or mistaken identification of normal animals living there.
The absolute WORST explanation for Nessie is that it is a plesiosaur, an aquatic reptile often mistakenly called a dinosaur, that died out 60-some MILLION years ago and left no traces of surviving after that mass extinction. There is no basis to accept that an unknown creature is responsible for the legend when zero evidence points to that conclusion.
Nessie is a myth. So, it’s no wonder she doesn’t appear. However, believing is seeing. I suspect people will always claim to see strange things in legendary places. Enjoy the story and the place.