Steve Feltham, a recognized expert in all things concerning the Loch Ness Monster, has announced that he no longer believes that the creature is a plesiosaur. What does he think it is? Take a guess. Wrong. Try again. Way off. One more. Not even close.
Feltham has been looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 24 years, long enough to be recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous search for Nessie. He started in 1991 on Dores Beach by parking a van on the shore and gazing loch-ward. The van was his home since he sold his house and left his girlfriend to pursue this lifelong dream of finding Nessie.
Like most people who have seen the famous photo taken in 1934, since proven to be a hoax, Feltham believed he would one day spot a long-necked plesiosaur. If you check his website or his van, you won’t find any pictures he’s taken of a plesiosaur, nor any certified statements that he saw one but dropped his camera in the water. None. After 24 years, he’s decided to change his mind on what it is. So, what is it, Steve?
I have to be honest, I don’t think Nessie is a prehistoric monster. Over the years I’ve considered all the theories and my best guess is that she’s a giant catfish.
That’s right, a giant Wels catfish. Before you join the throngs of people who make their living selling Nessie souvenirs as they push Steve’s van into the loch, hear him out.
In Victorian times a species of Wels catfish were introduced into Britain for sport. They are very long-lived, can grow to 13ft long and weigh up to 62 stones (868 pounds) … And their curved backs fit the description of many sightings – which began in the 1930s, just as the fish would have reached maturity.
There have been stories of Wels catfish eating humans and lunging out of the water to attack prey. Unfortunately, Feltham doesn’t have any pictures of the Loch Ness Catfish either. However, Willie Cameron, owner of the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, still believes.
Even if it is a very large catfish it’s still living in Loch Ness, so that makes it a Loch Ness Monster. Who says it has to be prehistoric?
What do you think? Will millions of people continue to flock to Loch Ness to stare for hours at waves and tree stumps and then be happy buying a giant stuffed catfish doll?