Could it be... Sea Serpents?

Aug 2011
1,611
Sweden
#32
Is it possible that the Loch Ness monster is a pre historic creature that has not gone extinct?
Unlikely. Today it is possible by DNA technique to scan a water for organisms and different species. Just take a water sample, do the test and get the results. This is applied here in Sweden when looking for endangered frog species for example, which can be difficult to find by other methods. But you will always have to compare your water DNA with some reference DNA. In the frog case DNA remains at least two weeks after a frog has left the water.

If this investigation type would be used in Loch Ness or other monster lakes, I'm sure that no "prehistoric" DNA would show up. Perhaps many fish species, but not Plesiosaurs. In the future it will perhaps be possible to distinguish between different eel types, which could narrow down the answer to the long lasting Loch Ness mystery. Excluding some mammals also.
 
Aug 2011
1,611
Sweden
#36
The lindorms are clearly oversized eels because the mane on its back, at least here in Sweden. Then we have the Storsjöodjur in Jämtland, which perhaps is more complicated. Many observations describe it as long and slender, indication also a sort of gigantic eel or at least fish. One man actually got it on hook during fishing during the night in 1994. The fish pulled the boat backwards. Something came up and lay on the side. Dark on the back and lighter on the belly. Two fins that it moved. The animal was longer than boat which was four meters. It looked like a calf in the water. A long slender neck and a long tail.

The idea that these water monsters are extinct Plesiosaur animals is totally wrong.
 
Aug 2011
1,611
Sweden
#37
And in lake Fegen in SW Sweden there have been sightings of a similar animal. The lake is not as large as Storsjön but deep enough. Translation from the Fegen website relating to old stories:

People around the lake began to suspect that there was a great beast in the depths of the lake. Net disappeared , or was totally ruined - there could be big holes in the nets. Many of the locals had also seen the beast, usually in the first gray day or at dusk. It was 10-12 meters long and had many humps, someone even saw that the beast had big glowing eyes and forked tongue!

Soon the people talked about the fact that the creature – or what it was - had to be caught and many good ideas were put forward. They agreed to turn to the local smith who forged an edged hook with many barbs, the hook attached to a coarse rope and baited with a hen. The next day the hook was completely straightened and the hen gone!

A new journey to the smith who made an even stronger hook. They attached the hook at a rope of flax and tied it in a tree by the beach and baited with a piglet. The next day the tree was overturned, scratched and both hook and pig was gone. They understood that they were dealing with a beast with great strength and that it was needed even stronger equipment.

They took a stronger hook which the smith modified, and a thick rafting hawser got to serve as rope. It was a heavy rope of hemp, roughly like a man's arm, which was used in rafting. One boat with 30 horsepower could pull up against three large rafts with this rope. The equipment was anchored in Övra Jorsbo sauna and the hook was baited with a calf this time. Excitement! Early the next morning, when the old men went to check, they saw that the whole sauna had been moved to the side. It was only 4-5 meters left of the rope and the hook was never found. How this adventure ended the story does not tell, but the great lake animal was never caught, so surely it still lives in any of the deep holes of Fegen.


(I have myself though of doing the same kind of fishing in lake Vindomen in Östergötland, where they have seen a similar animal some years ago. A steel cable with a large hook baited with meat and tied to a large tree).
 

Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
7,095
#39
Oarfish, and eel like fish, are know to be up to 11 m (36 ft) long, could have inspired stories of sea sperpets. They normally live in deep.waters, but occasionally have been known to come to the surface, althoughthst is usually fatal to them. Oarfish - Wikipedia

It is obvious that Nessie and these other sea monsters can't be some kind of plesiosaur or marine mammal, since both would have come periodically to the surface to breathe, and we should see more frequent sightings of them than the reports we do.. 2 hours is around the longest time that mammals we know of can hold their breaths (Curvier beake whales elephant.seals), although sea turtles can hold their breaths longer with loggerhead sea turtles holding the record at more than 10 hours. How Long Can Mammals Hold Their Breath Underwater? - Swim Guide

So even it they were some kind of reptile , we would expect them to come up to the surface once a day to breath.
 
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