Lock Ness mystery ‘solved’ as scientists claims beast is actually sea turtle

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A top scientist has cracked the enigma of the Loch Ness Monster… by revealing that the mystery creature is actually an ancient species of sea turtle.

Professor Henry Bauer’s research found that Nessie may be a type of undiscovered sea turtle which was trapped in the Loch as the waters receded at the end of the last Ice Age.

The US boffin – from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – rubbished the idea that Nessie is a form of dinosaur saying that the creatures lurking in Loch Ness are a “yet-to-be-properly discovered and described variety of large sea turtle that is most likely also still extant in some niches in the oceans”.

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Henry, 89, a retired professor of chemistry and science studies, said: “Themost popular attribution of identity for Loch Ness Monsters is a relationship with the extinct plesiosaurs, but this is difficult to square with the rarity of surface sightings let alone occasional sightings on land.

“On the other hand, everything described for Loch Ness Monsters is known among the many species of living as well as thought-to-be extinct turtles such as air-breathing but spending very long periods in deep water, ventures onto land,very fast movement in water, ability to be active in very cold water and relatively long necks.

“Loch Ness Monsters or Nessies, are a yet-to-be-properly discovered and described variety of large sea turtle that is most likely also still extant in some niches in the oceans.”

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Professor Bauer’s work – which has been published in a respected scientific journal – is the latest chapter in a global fascination with Nessie.

One of Scotland’s oldest myths, reports that a creature was living in Loch Ness date as far back as the 6th century.

The first written account was recorded in 565 A.D. in a biography of St. Columba.

According to the text, the creature bit a swimmer and was prepared to attack another man when Columba intervened. He ordered the beast to “go back” and it obeyed.

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In 1960, aeronautical engineer Tim Dinsdale filmed a hump that left a wake crossing Loch Ness. The elusive monster was “seen” 12 times last year. In December, a couple visiting the loch said they saw a creature repeatedly surfacing.

The news came weeks after a boat’s sonar picked up a 33ft object 550ft down. At the time, Gary Campbell, of the Official Loch Ness Sightings Register, said: “It all adds to the mystery. In many ways it is a vintage year for sightings.”

Professor Bauer said he was sure the Monster was real. He said: “Tim Dinsdale’s film taken in 1960 is the conclusive proof, but there are also innumerable contacts by sonar, some excellent underwater photographs, and a few plausible surface photographs.

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