More in common than you might think
Sort Up in the Scottish Highlands, south of the country’s coastal city Inverness, you’ll find a deep freshwater body of water called Loch Ness. It’s shores are dotted with beaches, campsites and other summer tourist attractions. But not all of those who visit are daydreaming of spending days swimming in the lakes or nights by the campfire. Some visit in hopes of catching sight of the Loch’s most famous resident—a creature that’s rumored to have been lurking in the water for many years—the Loch Ness monster, known to locals as Nessie.
Chances are you’ve heard of Nessie, she’s one of the most well-known water-dwelling cryptids in the world. While her story has been whispered about since the beginnings of Scottish folklore, the first reported sighting in modern times was in 1933 when a couple described what they called a dragon or prehistoric monster lurking in the water.
Since the initial sighting, many have taken to the water, air or land to search for the mysterious creature who’s been a master of dodging lurkers for the most part. Everyone from big game hunters to Hollywood stars and eager vacationers have flocked to the area in hopes of snagging a photo or catching a tale they can pass along.
The Search Continues...
But though the mystery of Nessie lurks on, just like Sasquatch, we have found limited evidence to date. There has been recent speculation she's a giant eel, and a few grainy images to prove that she exists. But after 50+ years, predominantly the widely-believed theory is that the monster is a plesiosaur—a Mesozoic marine reptile that first appeared sometime during the Triassic period. Sadly however the records show no other plesiosaurs exist in 2020 that we know of, -- sound familiar? - - and with no real evidence, we’re left to wonder if Nessie really does lurk in the deep loch <or> if the collective belief is simply a great tale to pass along. We do have to ask ourselves however,, what if the research and techniques used in the Eel Article for DNA collection did shed some light on how to capture DNA without a great way to obtain a sample? Are the same sort of experiments available to be used on Sasquatch? Suppose we collected Mosquitoes in the Pacific Northwest? Could these same techniques apply?
At our last Alien Con in Dallas, TX our Founder Chuck Geveshausen and Dr. Jeff Meldrum talked about just that. Sort of a modern day Jurassic Park technique so to speak, with Dr. Meldrum appearing as John Hammond walking around with his mosquito on a staff. But, wouldn't it be ironic if the technique to discover Nessie really did work on Sasquatch? I mean it seems likes its worth a shot.
Nessie and the Beast
Beyond being creatures that exist mostly in the mind of people waiting to see real evidence of their existence, there really aren't a lot of factors that tie the two together, but the do have some commonalities.
Both creatures, real or not, have existed throughout history since before we can remember. They’ve been here longer than any of us have and they’ll be here long after we’re all gone, whether in spirit or reality.
In fact, these creatures have something very big and very important in common. They ignite our imagination. They engage an unending and unwavering belief. Whether or not we’re able to see them, they exist as a form of entertainment and wonder.
From Fossil to Fake News
Interestingly enough, both Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster have for many years been hypothesized to be previously known creatures, Sasquatch from Gigantopithecus, and Nessie from Plesiosaurs, and while not conclusive, these creatures fit two of the most logical explanations on what we know from the fossil record. The amount of hoaxing has led the scientific community to call Fake News at just about every turn.
The Press and Journal reported that the Loch Ness monster contributed an estimated £41-million to the Scottish economy—and that’s a conservative estimate
The number was calculated by Gary Campell, a chartered accountant and the keeper of the official sightings register for Nessie. He used tourist numbers and confidential data from businesses and tourist organizations in the area.
It seems like a large number, but the Loch Ness monster is the biggest tourist draw in the area—who wouldn’t love to get their eyes on a possible prehistoric creature? In fact, Campbell further said in the same article that there are less than 10 days per year that the elusive creature isn’t mentioned in the press, but what about his mystical North American Counterpart?
Bigfoot is Big Business
Bigfoot and Sasquatch have a much larger audience pool and the larger potential for profit in places all over North America. It is speculated that Bigfoot and Sasquatch as a brand in the U.S. and Canada generate over $75 Million Dollars to North American economies annually. Speaking of which, our little non-profit could benefit from some of that spend to keep us going, and you probably need a new T-Shirt for for Summer right? SHOP HERE
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By Tae Haahr,
Research Writer, Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
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