Is publicity the cause of Nessie no longer being seen.? This extract from an article from the times online made me think:
There have been more than 4,000 purported Nessie sightings since she was first caught on camera by a surgeon on vacation in the 1930s. I spoke to a dignified elderly lady who saw her as a ten-year-old child. Mrs Muriel Buie, 79, who has never spoken publicly before about the monster, described how in 1937 she was driving past
I think that perhaps one of the reasons that people no longer report sightings is because of the furore the publicity can cause and because they often then find themselves ridiculed in the media and online. Some of the cryptozoological blogs have some people who can be very sharp in their criticism of others and their sightings . I hope I always try to be polite about it , no matter how unlikely I think a sighting may be. (If I am not someone please tell me). If we continue to be so critical of people’s sightings of cryptids then they will stop reporting them. Too many people are quick to attack someone ‘s personal life or their personality without looking at the sighting first . Who someone is should not affect the scientific analysis of a sighting. We live in a world where every event is online and in the media in minutes and where people are quick to call hoax. I believe it may be the reason we hear of less sightings of creatures like Nessie. People have seen what has happened to others and do not want to be subject to that sort of attention themselves.
There are publicity seekers , those who want their 15 minutes of fame, but let us not dismiss others because of those who seek to be in the limelight . I personally have always shunned publicity and it was Jon Downes at CFZ who persuaded me to write blogs and talk about my “hobby”. (I am still not sure I have done the right thing lol. ) .So if you enjoy reading my stuff , it is him you have to thank, otherwise it would never have appeared. I think as long as this media circus continues and people continue to immediately assume things are hoaxes , then the reporting of sightings will stay at a low level.