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The Loch Ness monster – known as Nessie – has remained a mystery for generations, and some claim it is a dinosaur that somehow survived for millions of years, a legendary beast, or something even more paranormal.
But an investigator, Steve Feltham, thinks that it is something much more mundane: a catfish.
Feltham started investigating Nessie more than 24 years ago.
“It’s an explainable phenomenon. There is something that should be explained in Loch Ness. Looking at all the evidence, talking to eyewitnesses, the most likely solution is a Wels catfish, “he told Sky News.
The Wels catfish is a type of fish that can reach 4 meters in length, weigh several hundred kilos and live for decades. It is a fish not originating in the United Kingdom.
“We have sonar contacts with things that are much larger than any fish that should live in this body of water,” Feltham added. “We only have one or two decent sightings a year.” He added that the catfish could be the culprit.
“I have to be honest. I just do not think Nessie is a prehistoric monster, “Feltham added to the Times of London .
“What many people reported seeing would fit the description of the stooped back of the catfish.”
Feltham quit his job 24 years ago to devote himself full-time to hunting the Loch Ness Monster.
“I certainly do not regret the last 24 years,” said Feltham, according to Sky News, “I’m in my utopia living here on the shores of the lake.”
In 1934, the famous ” photo of the surgeon ” was published, which gave rise to more speculations about what the Scottish monster is, nicknamed “Nessie”.
A study by the Earth Sciences History Society published in April suggests that nineteenth-century reports of the Loch Ness monster may have been influenced by the discovery of fossils of dinosaurs, according to a summary.
“In the last 200 years, there is evidence of a decrease in the reports of serpentine sea monsters and an increase in the proportion of neck reports, but there is no evidence of an increase in the proportion of reports similar to those of mosasaurs”, says the summary of the study. “However, the witnesses only began to unequivocally compare the sea monsters with the prehistoric reptiles at the end of the 19th century, some fifty years after the naturalists made the first suggestion.”
“After the Mesozoic reptiles became known, reports of monsters from the depths, which had hitherto tended toward the serpent, began to describe the creatures as more and more like a mesozoic marine reptile such as a plesiosaur or a mosasaur. “, According to the summary. The Plesiosaurs are a type of long-necked marine reptile.
The Mosasaurus are great reptiles similar to fish without long neck, whereas the plesiosaurios are amphibious and have a long neck.
William Buckland, from the United Kingdom, was the first to find fossils of dinosaurs in 1819.
Source: La Gran Epoca