Is the Loch Ness monster dead? A longtime expert of Nessie allegations at Loch Ness fears that the lack of recent sightings — no major claims of anyone seeing the possible plesiosaur have been reported in well over a year — might mean the legendary creature is indeed gone for good. NBC reveals this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that while the Loch Ness monster may simply be deeply submerged in the lake’s waters or staying out of public view, it has been almost 90 years since such a lengthy no-show has been documented.
The Loch Ness monster has long been a popular myth surrounding the dark, deep, and mysterious waters of Loch Ness. It is believed that an ancient creature, possibly a relic of the dinosaur age like the plesiosaur, might have survived in its depths. However, a lack of veritable sightings this 2013 and 2014 has quite a few Nessie hopefuls worried that this almost mythical monster might have died or simply vanished.
A U.K. resident and Loch Ness monster sighting aficionado, Gary Campbell, has been keeping close records of viewings of the monster for almost 20 years now. His research has mentioned some sighting allegations dating back to nearly 1,500 years ago. But with such a lengthy time frame from any recent sightings, Campbell is afraid that Nessie might be dead or just “gone.”
"It's very upsetting news and we don't know where she's gone," BBC News quoted Campbell as saying. "The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn't seen at all."
While many people may be asking is the Loch Ness monster dead, 2014 certainly doesn’t mark the first time that Nessie hasn’t been making an annual appearance. According to evidence surrounding the legendary creature, the first recent reports of the Loch Ness monster in the past several hundred years were only cited less than 100 years ago. The ancient beast submerged in the dark waters of Loch Ness first made headlines back in 1933 after a popular story was published in a U.K. newspaper about a splashing in the lake that could not be identified.
Of course, the historic photograph revealing the Loch Ness monster’s head and elongated neck some years later gave Nessie fame across the entire world. Decades afterward, however, it was revealed to only be a hoax (a plastic molding set atop a flotation device in the water).
Do you believe that the Loch Ness monster is indeed real? Or might it really be dead? Either way, Nessie will no doubt remain in history as one of the most famous animals to study and investigate within the interesting realm of cryptozoology.