We're Obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster, too: 7 Surprising Explanations
Could Nessie really be a sturgeon? Or a tree? (All photos: iStock)
By Mark Mancini
Let’s discuss the Loch Ness phenomenon. Does a mysterious beast really patrol one of Scotland’s deepest lakes? Or do any of these less fanciful explanations hold water? You be the judge.
1. Lake Sturgeons
Many Nessie witnesses have mentioned large, crocodile-like scutes (hardened plates) sitting atop the animal’s spine. At least one native fish matches that description perfectly. Sturgeons can weigh several hundred pounds and have ridged backs which make them look almost reptilian.
2. Surfacing Trees
When a mighty Scottish pine dies and flops into the loch, it quickly becomes water-logged and sinks. While submerged, botanical chemicals start trapping tiny bubbles. Eventually, enough of these are gathered to propel the log upward as deep pressures begin altering its shape. These bubbles finally start dissipating after a while, but their momentum allows the deformed wood to briefly surface before returning downward to its watery grave. Such sudden bursts of arboreal buoyancy could easily be misinterpreted as huge animals coming up for air.
3. Indigenous Eels