By Claire Doughty Published: 17 August, 2006
A STUNNED German schoolboy spotted Nessie last week and shouted to his dad: "Look, a U-boat!" Ryan Macdonald's father, Gordon, who also got a monster fright, declared: "I used to think Nessie was a joke, but now I am not sure." Gordon and his eight-year old son and Gordon's pal, Tony Mulgrew, caught sight of the legendary beast during a fishing trip near Dores. Joiner Gordon, of Drakies,
Could this be the reason?:
White witch curses latest Nessie hunt
Amateur scientist’s plan to search Loch Ness ‘equivalent to grave-robbing’Published: 22/03/2008 A witch last night cursed a Nessie-hunter’s bid to find the legendary beast, by casting a spell to sink his monster-seeking boats. Amateur scientist Gordon Holmes has installed sophisticated electronic equipment in two radio-controlled model boats in a bid to find the beast, but the move has angered Kevin Carlyon, the High Priest of British White Witches and self-professed “High Priest of Loch Ness and Protector of Nessie”. He described the latest “monster hunt” as sad and laughable, but is concerned it may open the door for more Nessie-hunters. The white witch said: “I have several plans of how to scupper the latest hunt. “The first will be to send a wish for a large wave or visualise an iceberg in the loch to sink the ‘toy boats’, to using modern-day science in the form of high-powered radio-controlled radio equipment to send the boat to a different destination. “I’m not being a killjoy or wishing to ruin the tourist trade around the loch but I do believe there is a creature the-re, but not a solid one. I feel it is a spirit from a bygone age. What these people are doing is equivalent to grave-robbing. Nessie deserves respect, not exploitation.” Kevin claims he has previously had success in scuppering the search by Swedish Nessie-hunter Jan Sunberg on his GUST expedition in 2001. Since then sightings have dropped rapidly each year. The latest hunt for Nessie is being spearheaded by a tiny navy of radio-controlled boats. Amateur scientist Gordon Holmes, of
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Well I am a bit sceptical about the “curses” but maybe it is because people are less willing to say they have seen something or simply that the creature is not surfacing as much. Perhaps Robert Rines was right and Nessie has died out? There are less people around the loch watching for appearances these days and possibly interest has waned in the virtual world of online watching via web cam and satellite. What ever the reason we hear less and less about sightings since 2000. Maybe this new decade will herald a resurgence of interest, I hope so. As I am no longer able to travel up to the Loch myself it would be nice to know someone is there watching.