Loch Ness Monster - The Loch
Ness Monster (a.k.a. "Nessie") is one of many sea serpents or water
monsters that have been spotted by sailors and sightseers as they
traveled the oceans, seas and lakes of the world.
The Loch Ness
Monster is a dark slithering 30-40 foot long form that allegedly
inhabits a lake in Loch Ness, Scotland. This prehistoric serpent
(possibly a plesiosaur or Archaeoceti whale) has found its way
into the popular culture, especially on television (Discovery,
History, PBS channels) which has spent many hours of films
documenting the alleged reality of the monster or inserting the
tale of the Loch Ness Monster into comedy or drama script
For example, episode No. 231 "Samantha and the Loch Ness Monster"
(9-29-71) of the sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72 Samantha the witch
(Elizabeth Montgomery) meets up with the legendary Loch Ness
Monster, who was actually a warlock named Bruce turned into a
monster by Samantha's look-alike cousin, Serena because he was
getting on her nerves.
On episode #224 "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" on THE SIMPSONS
(05/02/1999), evil industrialist Mr. Burns travels to Scotland to
capture the famed Lock Ness Monster in an attempt to make himself
more popular with the public. Along for the trip are Professor
John Frink and Willy, the Scots groundskeeper from Springfield
Elementary School who supposedly grew up in Loch Ness area (Willy
was conceived, born and raised on a pool table in his family home
by the lake. In the end, Burns' plan for popularity eventually
fails and the Loch Ness Monster gets a job at a Springfield
On the episode "Terror of the Zygons" during the 13th season of
the British syndicated sci-fi series DOCTOR WHO/BBC/1963-89 aliens
called Zygons sent a scouting ship to Earth as a prelude to
invasion around A.D. 1576. Their spacecraft crash-landed into the
watery depths of a lake later to be called Loch Ness. Stranded,
the Zygons attempted to repair their damaged starship.
away any intruders while they rebuilt their ship at the bottom of
the lake, the Zygons unleashed the Skarasen, a huge creature (part
animal and part machine). When the Zygons learned their home world
had been destroyed, they tried to take over earth, but their plans
were thwarted, thanks to Doctor Who who destroyed the Zygon
presence on earth. However, their aquatic monster, the Skarasen
(an "armored cyborg of devastating power") still continued to roam
the lake as the Loch Ness Monster.
Other programs to feature the Loch Ness Monster and Sea Serpents
WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY DOO? (episode #63 "Scooby Doo and the
Loch Ness Monster" June 22, 2004 & Episode #9 "She Sees Sea
Monster at the Sea Shore" November 22, 2002)
SIGHTINGS/FOX/SCI/1991-97 (Episode #11 June 12 1992 "Legendary
Monsters: Canada's version of Loch Ness monster")
fantasy series UNCLE JACK/BBC/1990-93 about two children who
followed the adventures of their archeologist relative Uncle Jack.
Season two episodes were entitled UNCLE JACK & THE LOCH NESS
MONSTER. The series was written by Jim Eldridge.
Films about the legendary Loch Ness Monster included such title
Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness
America's Loch Ness Monster (2003)
The Search for
the Loch Ness Monster (2003)
Beneath Loch Ness (2001)
Cameron Files: The Secret of Loch Ness (2001)
Return to Loch Ness
Loch Ness (1996)
The Loch Ness Horror (1981)
Loch Ness (1976)
The Loch Ness Monster: Proof at Last! (1936)
TRIVIA NOTE: On April 19, 1934 at
around 7:30 AM, Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson, a British
gynecologist took a photograph alleged to be the Loch Ness
monster. Named the "Surgeon's Photo," the image for years
convinced many people to believe that the photo was actually proof
of the monster's existence.
However, in 1994,
the public learned the real story behind the photo which turned
out to be a child's toy submarine fitted with the head of a sea
The hoax was uncovered by researchers David Martin and
Alistair Boyd of the Loch Ness and Morar Project. Also in on the
hoax were Christian Spurling, the stepson of Marmaduke Wetherell,
his stepfather and Maurice Chambers.
Despite debunking the image, there are still those who believe
that "Nessie" is real and can been seen from time to time
slithering along the lake's surface waters. The Lock Ness Monster
phenomena began in 1868 with the first reported eye witness
sightings of a "huge fish" on the lake.
The first modern sighting
occurred on May 2, 1933 when the newspaper Inverness Courier
reported a story of a local couple who had seen "an enormous
animal rolling and plunging on the surface." A reward of £20,000
was offered for capture of the strange creature.
photograph of a sea monster found along the beach at
Ballard, Washington. It's been declared a hoax. The object
being held was more likely a long tree log modified to
look like a slithering sea serpent. It has now been
recorded as a hoax.
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