Loch Ness Investigations
Loch Ness has been investigated by all means and manners. People have used lures and bait for the monster, tried exploding light bulbs, echo soundings and sonar. Telephoto cameras and underwater photography, including strobe flashes, video and digital cameras have been utilized as well.
In the 1933, Alex Campbell wrote and published an account of the Loch Ness Monster. The first modern sighting was reported by two innkeepers, Mr. and Mrs. Mackay, who saw something. Campbell was in charge of fishing in the Loch and printed a story in the local paper. A new road was built along the lake and that same year, George Spicer and his wife spotted a monster on land.
In April of 1934, Dr. Robert Kenneth took a photograph of the monster, which came to be known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph." Soon after an expedition led by Sir Edward Mountain, five photographs came to light.
Arthur Grant said he saw Nessie on land in 1934, stating that he almost ran into Nessie with his motorcycle. Grant said the animal was large and had a long neck.
C.B. Farrel claimed to have seen the Loch Ness monster in 1943 while on duty in the service of the British Military. Farrel was a member of the Royal Observer Corps and his post was at the Loch where he was supposed to be on watch for enemy bombers.
In the 1950s, Constance Whyte—a local doctor—began collecting eyewitness accounts, along with sketches of what the people had seen, finally publishing them in 1957 as a book entitled More Than a Legend. She wrote the book was because her friends and wanted to vindicate them.
Tim Dinsdale was determined to find evidence of the legendary monster. Beginning in the 1960s, he led over 50 expeditions to locate the Loch Ness monster. He used binoculars to examine the water and coastline. He conducted interviews with the locals.
Photography experts in the British Armed Forces looked at his film and decided this was no hoax. They said the object in the water was at least 16-feet (5 meters) long, 6-feet high (1.8 meters) and 5-feet (1.5 meters) high.
Later, a man named Dan Taylor used a submarine to look for the Loch Ness monster in 1969, but to no avail.
In the 1970’s using advanced technology—an underwater camera—in an effort to locate and photograph the Loch Ness monster Robert Rines produced one picture that showed a flipper-shaped object. Rines thought it was about 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) long.
Scientists have used sonar to search for Nessie. In 1987, an operation known as “Deepscan" used 19 boats to study large objects. They saw three, but could not identify anything specifically.