Evidence shows London museum was desperately seeking Nessie

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.

London museum planned to ‘shoot and steal Nessie’ – The Scotsman.

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

  7 comments for “Evidence shows London museum was desperately seeking Nessie

    October 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    What has changed at Loch Ness to cause the monster sightings to drop off? What happened to all the waves, boats, logs and birds that people have been misidentifying as Nessie for all these years? It seems to me that people should still be seeing “monsters” in the loch.

  2. CimPy
    October 27, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    They do, but they get the red pill nowadays…

  3. Anthony
    October 27, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I must admit i have never been convinced there was anything like that in the Loch.

    Its worth a visit though if you are up that that way and the Boat trips are fun. 🙂

  4. Phil
    October 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I would say two things changed. First, various large scale sonar expeditions have found nothing. Second, more cameras mean fewer sightings. This is because people can now record everything instead of relying on their memories so that after they record their monster they go back and look at it and realize it was a wave, so they don’t bother reporting it.
    So firstly, fewer people believe so fewer people have the monster on their minds when they see see thing.
    The rise of phone cameras is self evident.

  5. busterggi
    October 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Piffle! Everyone knows scientists never take these things seriously.

  6. Chris Howard
    October 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Says the scientist?


  7. CimPy
    October 28, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Well, busterggi, “scientists” is “a lot of people” – and you can always find someone who wuold support weird things inside “a lot of people”…Do you need examples?

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