Here’s something I found while doing a little newshounding around on the Web: Apparently, some Loch Ness monster enthusiasts thought that Nessie had become extinct, maybe due to global warming, due to the tailing off of — and this is cute — ‘credible sightings’ over the last two or three years. Well, some other fans of the cryptid of discourse were rather upset about the extinction rumors and dismissed them on the basis of a single sighting made just last year — the only one made last year — deemed credible by the unimpeachable standards of Nessie fans.
Credible sightings? Never mind the fact that unreliable eyewitness testimony, blurry photos, and shaky videos notwithstanding, there’s no credible evidence for the creature. Why have no bloated carcasses of dead Nessies floating to the surface, or bones or other fragments ever been found? Why has nothing unambiguously Nessie-like ever been found to confirm the creature’s existence, oh, I don’t know, like a single specimen?
After all, unless a singular Nessie is literally immortal, there would have to be a fairly large breeding population if them living in the loch itself, considering its size and relative isolation from other bodies of water. That, and the huge food requirements a viable population of animals of the purported size would have would be prohibitive to the existence of such creatures in that locale.
Frankly, while the extinction of Nessie(s) may be beyond the bounds of rationality, completely unbelievable to the creature’s aficionados, I think that’s kind of ironic in that the animal under discussion has never been actually demonstrated real to begin with, but I suppose that that’s neither here nor there.
Well, isn’t this interesting; as usual in the highly professional field of cryptozoology, yet another enthusiast will try to give all those fuddy-duddy closed-minded establishment zoologists™ their comeuppance in his epic quest for the legendary Mongolian death-worm.
Granted, he concedes it’s probably not really a worm. Granted, he concedes that the belief it spits acid from its mouth and lightning from its arse is probably exaggeration if not outright fantasy, but it’s a huge red flag when someone claims he’s going to prove the existence of something without bringing back actual samples of the creature, just by using a documentary he plans to film with a video camera, all he thinks he needs to do.
Your pardon, but how is a video, sans any actual specimens, going to prove anything when any two-bit hoaxer with a camera and a good laptop can easily produce professional-looking footage with great special effects?
Also, I noticed he makes a tired old appeal for his case which is based on his personal incredulity of rumors spreading in thinly populated areas and naiveté concerning the notorious fallibility of eyewitnesses.
This hidebound reactionary gives him a much lower likelihood of actually finding his quarry than the chance he gave of 5% to 15%, as I think he’s being far too generous to himself, but hey, I’m just one of those dogmatic frightened skeptics™, so WTF do I know? (wave tentacles…chortle evilly…).