The reality of a mystery monster in Loch Ness is dead in the water but decades ago, the possibility seemed real and some folks were not going to let this gem of a specimen get away.
Newly discovered documents have revealed how the National History Museum (NHM) in London appealed to so-called bounty hunters to help secure the carcase of the Loch Ness monster, according to a new book.
It claims the files, dating back to the 1930s, show staff at the institution were keen to steal a march on museums in Scotland and around the world by exhibiting all – or part – of the beast’s remains.
A new book by David Clarke, an experienced historical researcher, called Britain’s X-traordinary Files, documents a 1934 letter a museum employee who stated that a body or body part was greatly desired by the institution.
Should you ever come within range of the ‘Monster’ I hope you will not be deterred by humanitarian considerations from shooting him on the spot and sending the carcase to us in cold storage, carriage forward, … Short of this, a flipper, a jaw or a tooth would be very welcome.
Clarke notes that many respectable people concluded the monster was a real thing during that time. There were calls to protect the creature from such potential pillaging. Nessie was then, and remains even now, a revered symbol of Scotland though the reality has changed.
Tip: David O’Hare