Nessie, Will You Please Show Yourself?

Based on my thoughts on other paranormal- phenomenon-blogs, my opinions on cryptids may shock you: I am on the fence as to whether I believe they exist or not. In other words, I’m not so sure I believe in the existence of them, mainly the two most infamous, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. The argument has always been, the only way to confirm the existence of such creatures is if one is captured alive or is hunted and killed. The need for proof is of course part of human nature. Neither of these options sound appealing because it doesn’t seem right to sacrifice a thriving single living creature put in captivity for a specimen to satisfy a scientific curiosity nor should anyone be actively hunting either of these creatures for the same reasons. That is why I ask that Nessie finally show herself (or himself?) to the world, to end a debate.

Legends of both have been circulating throughout history in North America and Scotland respectively (“Champ” or “Champie” in New York State’s Lake Champlain for example is “our” Nessie) and “man-like apes” from all over the world, specifically the American Pacific Northwest and the Himalayan mountains. The truth is, Bigfoot is quite a sales boon in the Pacific Northwest as a tourist draw. The same for Nessie in Scotland.

Legends of course are based on truth and I have no doubts that creatures of these descriptions have been seen throughout history by many straight thinking people. I also do not dismiss Nessie or Bigfoot as tall tales, steeped in recycled cultural folklore. The legend of the Loch Ness Monster goes back much further than the famous 1934 photograph:

This photo has been authenticated and disproven so many times over the decades, the latest determination being that it is a hoax. My opinion is it probably IS a hoaxed photograph, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the legend isn’t true.

We’re so ignorant of what is in our oceans and lakes because they are environments to which human beings are not suited or designed for. Even in our curiosity with current technology, we still have no clue what really exists in the bottoms of these bodies of water. Loch Ness is kind of an anomaly, a glacial lake formed by trapped ice between mountains. It is not as need or wide as, say, Lake Superior in the Upper Midwest. But how do we really know what is in these mysterious bodies of water? The reality is, we don’t know.

A while back, I did a post on the strange mystery of people that disappear in our National Parks. One of the actual mainstream theories is that these people have been attacked and killed by either wild animals or by Bigfoot. This Bigfoot theory is just as plausible as the next, frankly, and I never dismiss it because the unknown factor, the fact that like our oceans, we just do not know what is in our forests.

Of course with most phenomena, skeptics always hit you with what you didn’t see: i.e “you didn’t see a prehistoric aquatic dinosaur” or “you didn’t see an previously thought to be extinct hominid”. This talking down to of our own senses is both annoying and insulting, vaguely similar to “explanations” for unidentified flying objects. The historical accounts of these two particular cryptids being seen over the centuries automatically disqualifies the skeptics. Certainly somebody saw something otherwise there would be no legend. And if the legend dies, a great story will die and I say we shouldn’t let that happen.

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