Monday 2 May 2011

Belief in Nessie

In search of nessie, the Loch Ness Monster
By Darrell Laurant
Published: May 01, 2011
Henry Bauer has something in common with me, and most probably with you — he’s never seen the Loch Ness Monster.In his case, however, it isn’t from lack of trying. The Virginia Tech science professor emeritus has made a number of trips to Scotland hoping to catch a glimpse of the world’s most elusive aquatic beast, only to be disappointed. But not disheartened.“Almost all of the sightings have been random,” he said, “and they tend to catch people by surprise.” In other words, you can’t meet “Nessie” by appointment. That is, if he or she actually exists.
There appear to be three possibilities:
    The Loch Ness Monster is nothing but a figment of some Scotman’s imagination, a legend that has morphed into a mass hallucination among the believers.  
 There was a Loch Ness Monster once upon a time, but now it’s dead.  
 A family of Nessies still occupies the mile-wide, 20-mile-long lake, and it’s only a matter of time before their existence is proven.
 Bauer describes himself as “about 95 percent certain” of the third option.

Whenever I have contacted Henry Bauer about anything, I have found him to be a gentleman, courteous and polite, who always replies. No matter what you may think of his theories, he is a nice chap on a personal level and that can be something rare among Nessie Hunters. Some are quite belligerent to other people encroaching on their turf as it were, whether believers or nonbelievers, so I add Henry to my list of nice cryptozoologists. 

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