Jan 21, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

Deepest Loch Ness Crevice May Have Monstrous Implications

Theories about where the alleged Loch Ness Monster is hiding can get pretty deep. Now they have the opportunity to get even deeper as a ship’s captain reveals his discovery of the deepest trench ever found at the bottom of the famous Scottish lake. Will this crack finally crack open the case of the Loch Ness Monster?

Keith Stewart is a tourist sightseeing boat skipper for Jacobite Cruises, an Inverness-based cruise company. He regularly steers his tourist-filled boat over the (formerly) deepest part of the lake – a spot near the Urquhart Castle that measures 230m (754 feet) deep, although some reports about the new discovery are saying it’s 813 feet deep.

Whatever it is, Skipper Stewart says he beats it hands down with his new 889-foot-deep trench which he discovered recently with his “state of the art” equipment.

I found this dark shape about half way between the Clansman Hotel and Drumnadrochit which transpired to be a crevice or trench. I measured it with our state of the art 3D equipment at 889 feet. I have gone back several times over the abyss and I have verified my measurements.

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Boat selfie showing record Loch Ness depth

His story and the 3D image are probably enticing a lot more tourists to take Stewart’s cruises, but is the deep crevice (now called Keith’s Abyss) real and could it be hiding a monster?

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3D image of the newly-discovered deepest trench in Loch Ness

Some experts speculate that the new trench could have formed as recently as 2013 when a 2.4 magnitude quake hit the loch. However, Adrian Shine of the scientific research organization The Loch Ness Project cautions that its location so close to the shore means it could also be a sonar anomaly called a lobe echo, which is a false reading caused by sonar bouncing off the side walls of the lake.

What about the monster? Is it hiding in Keith's Abyss? Keith Stewart says his discovery started when he saw something unusual on his sonar.

I wasn't really a believer of the monster beforehand. But two weeks ago, I got a sonar image of what looked like a long object with a hump lying at the bottom. It wasn't there when I scanned the loch bed later.

Spoken like a true tourist boat captain.

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Tickets please.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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