The name "Nessie" and the Surgeon's Photo (above left) are recognized everywhere.
Almost everyone has the impression that Nessie is, like Santa Claus, just a nice story for children as well as a great boost to the economy of the Highlands of Scotland. Around Loch Ness itself, that impression is reinforced by Nessie-sighting tours and boat rides and by the innumerable Nessie trinkets on sale: Nessie logos on all sorts of souvenirs, toy Nessies in every size and shape and texture, postcards with every imaginable joke about Nessies and every sort of image of her: serpentine, or dragon-like, or teddy-bear cuddly.
The Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition in Drumnadrochit conveys the view that
people who think they see NESSIE are influenced by expectation and wishful thinking
and are really seeing a seal, or an otter, or a wave, or a boat wake, or a bird, or a deer,
or, the Exhibition's favorite, a very large sturgeon.
BUT IN FACT, THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE
THAT THERE REALLY ARE
LARGE, YET-TO-BE-IDENTIFIED ANIMALS
IN LOCH NESS
Last updated: July 3, 2010
What my interest in Nessie has meant to me in a personal way is described in
Because the media continue to treat Nessie only as an amusing story.
The objective and strong evidence summarized in the above article is not properly presented in the "documentary" films and television programs about the subject. There have been at least 18 such programs (in English alone) since the 1970s. Typically they give the false impression that eyewitness reports are the main grounds for believing Nessies to be real. Often the strongest evidence is not even mentioned, and when it is, it is often misrepresented. For a detailed analysis of the 17 documentaries shown between 1972 and 2001, see my article,
discusses how searching for Nessie is different from doing (professional) science. The book begins by showing how exactly the same evidence can be used to argue for and against the existence of Nessies. It is available as an AUDIO BOOK, RC 25592 (1988). REVIEWS are listed HERE.
Minor corrections were made in a 2nd printing, 1987
Some updating was done for the paperback edition, 1988.
The British edition, Johnston & Bacon 1991, omits the extensive bibliography without correcting the index accordingly.)