You’d think people would have learned by now that the Loch Ness monster doesn’t like its name or reputation besmirched but recent events show that’s not the case. A sighting of an alleged giant sea creature off the coast of Devon, England, prompted some to speculate that Nessie had left the loch. A day later, a mysterious distress call was heard on Loch Ness. Were they related?
On Sunday, February 8th, reports came in of a large unidentified creature in the waters about half a mile offshore in Plymouth Sound, Devon. Multiple witnesses saw it and estimated the creature to be at least 20 feet long. It appeared to be swimming against the current. For a change, some of the witnesses had cameras and took a number of pretty clear photographs.
Allan Jones was one and gave this account of what he saw:
I had a telephoto lens and captured a number of images … The creature or object moved in circles, appeared to curve its shape and moved a considerable distance from left to right, turn and then move back the other way … The creature or object then turned and remained stationary. It was seen by a number of people. I was using a 400mm telephoto lens as it was a fair distance out to sea.
Those photographs ended up on the Internet and many thought it resembled a crocodile. Saltwater crocodiles can reach 22 feet in length but this is a long way from its natural habitat.
Nathan Dale, on-call for the Plymouth Lifeboat, picked up his binoculars and looked for himself.
But it was just pieces of driftwood.
Was it? On the following day, a mysterious distress call was heard in the Loch Ness area and crews from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) investigated. Since no location was given, they were unable to find a stranded vessel or who sent the signal.
You’ve seen the pictures and heard the accounts. What do you think? Was the object off the coast of Devon really driftwood? Did a ship see the monster returning to Loch Ness and suffer the consequences of being a troublesome eyewitness? The searches continue.