The Monster Hunters
Before the Super Natural History team began their Environmental DNA search of the loch, there were many attempts to locate the Monster. Here’s the stories behind some of the attempts.
THE FIRST ORGANISED SEARCH
In 1934 Sir Edward Mountain, Baronet and founder of one of the UK’s largest insurance companies, arranged for 20 men to watch the Loch. Each man was equipped with a camera and binoculars and paid £2 a day. Unfortunately, these hunters found nothing conclusive.
The Academy of Applied Sciences out of the United States began various hunts using high tech underwater photography. They captured several unexplained images, including one that was claimed to be the Monster’s flipper.
In 1987 Operation Deep Scan used 24 boats, arranged in a line, scanning the Loch with sonar over several days. There were a few unexplained but inconclusive sonar readings.
Between 1990 and 1993 Project Urquhart did extensive work around Loch Ness. This included the first hydrographic survey in 87 years and the first complete biological survey of the Loch. No monster was found, but they discovered a new species of nematode (round worm).
THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER
In 1991 Steve Feltham began his solo search for the Monster. Living out of a converted mobile library parked on the shoers of the Loch Steve holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous search for Nessie. In his 26 years of searching Steve has only ever had one sighting he couldn’t explain. And that was in his 1st year!
THE HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY
In 2013 Charlie Sheen went on 2 nighttime hunts for the Monster. His equipment included a specially made hook, a leg of lamb as bait and lots of malt whiskey. Charlie returned empty handed.
In 2016 an underwater drone using sophisticated sonar imaging searched the Loch. It didn’t find a living monster but did discover the final resting place of the Nessie prop from the 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.
THINGS FOUND IN LOCH NESS
Although the Loch Ness Monster has never been found in the Loch, some other interesting things have been found. They include:
The wreckage of a fishing boat
The wreckage of a jet-powered speed boat
A WWII era Wellington bomber
A movie prop Nessie
THE NAZIS and NESSIE
During World War II German High Command ordered bombs dropped in Loch Ness. They were sufficiently convinced that Nessie existed that they wanted to kill the Monster. They thought by doing so they’d break British morale. Ironically WW2 did kill the frenzy of interest in the Loch Ness Monster and sightings never reached their pre-war peak ever again.