Loch Ness Monster 'Evidence' Explained by Science

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Part of the Loch Ness monster legend is that when Nessie calls, she brings tremors and swirling bubbles to the Scottish lake that is her namesake. But now, new research suggests that these physical manifestations of the "monster" actually come from an active fault underlying Loch Ness and other nearby lakes, according to LiveScience.

Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi says it's actually the Great Glen fault system that is to blame for the tremors and the bubbles that true believers have pointed to as evidence of Nessie's mysterious presence. "There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault," Piccardi told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The 62-mile-long Great Glen fault has caused several minor earthquakes in the past, and is in large part responsible for creating the great Loch Ness in the first place.

The legend of the Loch Ness monster has captured the imaginations of cryptozoologists since the 1930s, when Kenneth Wilson's famous photograph was claimed to depict the sea monster peeking its head above the surface of the lake. Of course, the authenticity of that photo has since been debunked, and no evidence to suggest Nessie's actual existence has ever been gathered.

Still, Nessie fans continue their search. We hope Piccardi's latest research won't dampen their belief or their fun.


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