The Loch Ness monster mystery has attracted perennial interest throughout the world since 1933 when a local legend became a sensation
. In fact, it was the sensational nature of speculation about what monsters could be that soon reduced the matter to a national joke.
It was to be another twenty seven years before interest revived sufficiently
for serious investigation of the subject to begin and as one of the participants,
I was pleased to contribute to the
The Loch Ness Monster Story
The story begins with a Christian missionary's encounter with a water beast, almost one and a half thousand years ago but moves quickly to very much more recent and detailed accounts by witnesses whose sincerity is self evident. It is not generally known that there are now at least a thousand sightings on record. It was upon this body of evidence that active investigations began.
Neither do people realise what a large and difficult environment Loch Ness presents to its investigators. Over 23 miles long and with depths up to 230m, this is Britain's greatest lake. In fact there is more water in it than in all the lakes and reservoirs of England and Wales combined. To make matters worse, the water is stained brown from the surrounding peat bogs.
See the Loch Ness aerial pictures and Operation Deepscan photographs - scroll down to bottom of page.
The film investigation assesses the classic Monster photographs and follows the fortunes of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau of the 1960's as they set up their camera stations around the shore. Then, the search moves underwater with the American Academy of Applied Science as they secured the pictures which remain controversial to this day but led to the naming of the monster "Nessiteras Rhombopteryx" the diamond finned wonder of Loch Ness.
At this point, in the 1970s, attention turns to another loch with a monster tradition. It was Loch Morar on the west coast where another expedition was working in the clearer water there. That expedition was my own which grew and returned to Loch Ness in the 1980's as the Loch Ness Project. Here, we used sonar to probe into the deep water and were rewarded by a series of contacts which we still do not fully understand. These led to the largest of all the endeavours in 1987 as the Operation Deepscan fleet drew a sonar curtain down the loch.
In the end, all the anomalies and controversies resulted in a new approach from the 1990s. This was an indirect but active examination of the whole environment and finding what was "normal" in the loch leads to some conclusions about what sort of creatures might live there and where they may be found.
Maybe you will draw your own conclusions of the aged mystery however, but whatever they may be we hope you thoroughly enjoy "The Loch Ness Monster Story"
Adrian J. Shine
Loch Ness Monster DVD Video
The producers would like to thank
Adrian and Maralyn Shine
And everyone who took part in the making of this film.
Loch Ness: 23 miles long, a mile wide and 750 ft deep - plenty of room to hide! For centuries the Scots have an unexplained mystery which has captured the imagination of the world. The Loch Ness Monster or 'Nessie' as it has become fondly known is still one of the strangest inexplicable phenomena in the world today. Some say it doesn't exist, some swear it does and have been fortunate enough to witness it, some think it may be a prehistoric creature forgotten by time. This unique film tells the story of 'Nessie' whilst offering possible explanations, along with interviews with witnesses and even current scientific methods being used to find the truth. This is a fascinating and compelling look at the world's most famous unexplained mystery and the only true documentary in existence.
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Unearthed: the 1936 film that first launched Nessie mania
The grainy black and white images of a dark blob moving slowly across grey water was hailed in cinemas across Britain as final proof of the Loch Ness monsters existence and sparked nationwide Nessie mania that has continued until this day. But in the 65 years since it was first shown, the short newsreel clip of the 30ft long creature, "almost black in colour and very shiny" has proved as elusive as the beast.Now the unique footage - first shown in 1936 - has been found and is set to be screened for the first time on television this St Andrews night.Janet McBain, curator of the Scottish Screen Archive, found the 16mm film dumped in an old rusty tin amongst hundreds of film cans passed on to the organisation by the former Scottish Film Council. The short movie was made on September 22, 1936 at Loch Ness by Glasgow filmmaker Malcolm Irvine for his Scottish Film Productions Company. Shown in cinemas around the country in what was a forerunner of Pathe News, with the title: The Loch Ness Monster - Proof At Last, it sparked the Nessie legend. McBain said: "The existence of the film was well documented at the time but it disappeared without trace and most people thought that it had been destroyed and lost for ever.
"But when the company went out of business in the 1930s they donated all their old footage to the Scottish Film Council. The council, in turn, appears to have dumped it in an old store along with about 20,000 other old cans of films and forgotten about them. "The cans were eventually passed on to Scottish Screen Archive and we have gradually been working through the backlog, viewing, cataloguing and discovering exactly what is in each tin." She added: "The find is even more remarkable because about 15 years ago I talked to a very old woman who worked for Irvine and was with him the day the film was taken. She told me a remarkable story. Irvine had in fact first seen the monster for the first time three years previously but his camera jammed and he only had a few seconds of footage." Irvine spent three weeks at the loch side, working with cameramen Stanley Clinton and Scott Hay, before he got the footage he wanted. Armed with a 16mm camera fitted with a long lens, they filmed the monster on the east side of the loch about 100 yards from Inverfarigaig, opposite Urquhart Castle. On the old original film, Irvine says: "We were so excited and elated when the monster appeared. What you see on the screen lasts less than a minute, but it seemed hours when we were making it. It definitely is something with two humps - that much is clear". Iain McMillan, another eyewitness who appears in the film says: "We first saw its head and neck, then two humps one behind the other, and then something thrashing around behind from side to side, like a tail." When the film of the creature was shown to the Linnaean Society, a body which classified animals, no one could give an explanation as to what it could be. Since 1936 there have been 27 more recorded films taken of Nessie and hundreds of other officially recorded sightings.
Today the Highlands of Scotland tourist board says the pulling power of Nessie is "incalculable" although the monster is a worldwide tourist attraction, bringing over £120m a year into the local economy. The most common area for sightings of the monster is close to the ruins of Urquhart Castle at Drumnadrochit, which now attracts over 200,000 visitors a year. Fraser Cameron, who runs the Drumnadrochit Hotel and the castle tearoom said: "I know a lot of very reliable people who have seen the monster, including a police chief who watched it for nearly an hour. "The monster is the only industry we have in the area and it is growing. This summer there has been no drop off in the number of Americans and Europeans from all walks of life who have come hoping to see Nessie. We are even welcoming Russians in growing numbers and Croatian bus tours". Malcolm Irvines film of the Loch Ness Monster will be shown on Friday in a special St Andrews night programme, Scotland on Film, at 10pm on BBC Two
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