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A reference site for general scientific information concerning the research, exploration and investigationof Loch Ness and its famous monster controversy. Archives also include work of : "The Loch Ness Investigation", and "Loch Morar Survey"

Disclaimer - I don't subscribe to 'the eel theory' as shown in Fantastic Beasts, the meaning was lost in the edit.

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Explore Loch Ness Guide
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Guide to places and events, latest exploration: Operation Groundtruth Explore places and events, a guided tour around the Loch and beneath the surface, an exploration of the underwater world, and some of the results of our ongoing search in the deep water with "Operation Groundtruth".

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Alphabetical Author List
Simply a list and the quickest way to find a publication or study where the author is known. Links are provided where possible. University course dissertations are included, though links are currently to abstracts only. Copies are generally held by the Loch Ness Project Library at Loch Ness 2000.
Research.and exploration of Loch Ness - authors and scientific papers. An historical list of contemporary documents and investigation of the Loch Ness Monster.

The Timeline
Mainly the investigations of the Loch Ness Monster controversy and as its name suggests, is  a chronological history with the source references inserted and linked where possible. Because it is designed to show the evolution of method and thought, departures are made from the historical chronology where it seems relevant.

The archive is restricted to expeditions or other studies where authoritative reports or published papers have been produced. Thus, newspaper material is only used where it is authored by the investigators themselves and in one case where a newspaper reporter was himself a principal investigator.

Sometimes it has not been possible, for copyright or other reasons, to include an important item. Books, for example, or some journal publications have simply been referenced. For the same reason most items are reproduced in a PDF secure (read only) form. Where possible the material retains its original appearance but some is rearranged for screen viewing. If necessary, documents have been digitally retouched for legibility. The kind assistance given by the copyright holders is gratefully acknowledged.

Editorial bias: The inclusion of items mostly reflects whether material is considered "diligent" and it is hoped that no injustice has been done. The remaining scope for bias lies within those passages which attempt to link the pages of the archive and to demonstrate interaction or debate within them. These passages may reflect the author's personal opinions.


" Loch Ness"

A 32 page booklet "Loch Ness", is Adrian Shine's account of everything about Loch Ness from Continental Drift to Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes . As a naturalist he takes an environmental perspective which sheds unnexpected light into the controversy.

Nessie Dead or Alive - Reflections
It was recently announced that Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) was forming a Loch Ness Environment Panel........ with a view to developing a code of practice for visiting Loch Ness monster hunters who might inadvertently cause damage to the loch's habitats, or individual creatures within it. This move was prompted by the proposal of a Swedish monster hunter and ufologist Jan Sundberg, to place a 6m long creel trap in Loch Ness. The SNH area manager Jonathan Stacey, made it clear that they had no
policy on Nessie as such and the prime aim was to "protect the known from those pursuing the unknown".

On the 2nd July 2003 a Mr. Gerald McSorley came to Loch Ness 2000 and reported finding some bones on the shore of Loch Ness below the most northerly lay-by on the A82 road. The material was examined by Adrian Shine and found to consist of four fossil vertebrae embedded in a limestone material not found at the loch. It was felt most likely that the fossil had been exposed in a marine environment and had been placed at the lay-by in order to be found. Shine then referred Mr. Mc Sorley to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and briefed the palaeontology department. Here, Dr. Lyall Anderson determined that the vertebrae were from a plesiosaur and were about 150 million years old. He confirmed however, that the matrix was foreign to Loch Ness and contained evidence of marine borers. Plesiosaur fossils have occasionally been collected on the Black Isle.

John Cobb and Crusader

On September 29 1952 John Cobb, the famous Brooklands racing hero, holder of many speed records,  died after his boat Crusader disintegrated after hitting a boat-wake during a world water speed record attempt on Loch Ness. He became the fastest man on water (206.89mph) though did not achieve the record since the accident occurred before he could complete a second run over the measured mile.
At the end of the measured mile Crusader nose-dived into the deep dark waters of Loch Ness. John Cobb's body was swiftly pulled from the water by his support team and the wreckage from crusader sank to depths of over 200m.

The search for Crusader 2002
Skipper, John Minshull and Adrian Shine spent many long nights sweeping the plotted line with sonar and mapping the site.
By June the Loch Ness Project was satisfied they had found the debris field.  At this point the American Academy of Applied Science, on expedition  at the loch,  announced an interest in finding the Cobb wreck during the last 2 days of their visit  and were to be assisted by Gordon Menzies, a resident, owner of Temple Pier and as a child witness of the record attempt.

Latest .... 2019 Kongsberg and Loch Ness Project find the wreck of Crusader. More info to come ....

A Key to Loch Ness Monster Sightings

It is fair to say that no visitor to Loch Ness passes by without some sense of expectation and many would hold that a predisposition to see monsters is, in itself, a sufficient explanation for the controversy surrounding this enigmatic expanse of water. Indeed, it was the subject's first author, Rupert Gould (1934) who discussed what he called "expectant attention". However, it was to be thirty years before a proper investigation of the monster sightings phenomena was undertaken. In some ways this research was to provide verification for some quite bizarre experiences and to confirm that there was indeed something special about Loch Ness. 

Bearing the foregoing in mind, perhaps the broadest definition of a monster "sighting" may  be,  "anything  seen at Loch Ness which the observer does not recognise". Some may seek explanation; others find revelation within the experience. For some, a sighting may be a life-altering event.

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Those interested in the Inverness Courier article of Friday June 14th 2013 concerning “Nessie at centre of major fallout” might like to be informed as follows

Interestingly, it emerges from the article that Mr Edwards does not believe in the Loch Ness Monster, ‘Most of the people I talk to on my boat know that it’s just a bit of fun.’   and speaks of ‘my little stories about Nessie.’ He clearly doesn’t think that many other people believe in it either. The irony is that the serious investigations and presentations such as that at The Loch Ness Centre, afford a great deal more respect to over a thousand honest and sober eyewitnesses by explaining what they have truthfully reported in terms of some rather special features of Loch Ness. The Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce has done a disservice to the reputation of this subject by being at such pains to facilitate Mr Edwards’ form of promotion by rendering his letter more literate and distributing to the entire membership, demanding the retraction of Tony Harmsworth’s editorial and characterising the objective presentation at The Loch Ness Centre as ‘negativity’. 
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