Could the Loch Ness Monster Mystery Be Explained by Simple Geological Quirks?

Could the Loch Ness Monster Mystery Be Explained by Simple Geological Quirks?


The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has around for more than 200 years, but could tales of a prehistoric sea creature located in a deep Scottish body of water be explained by science?

That’s the source of a new theory by Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi, which speculates that the Loch Ness Monster may actually be a fault line lying underneath the Scottish lake.

Even after 200 years of technological advances since the first reported spotting in 1806, rumors of the Loch Ness Monster continue to persist. In fact, technology has played a role in spawning some Nessie theories.


For example, in 2011, local boat skipper Marcus Atkinson produced a sonar image of what he described as a large object following his boat for several minutes at a depth of 75 feet.

In 2012, George Edwards shared a photo of an unexplained image in Loch Ness. Skeptics have said the image was likely of a log floating atop the water.

Scientific American reports that Piccardi believes the Great Glen fault system is actually responsible for mysterious bubbles and the shaking ground commonly associated with supposed creature sightings. “There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault,” Piccardi told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

And he has some compelling evidence to back up his case. For example, he notes that many of the alleged sightings have happened at times when the 62-mile fault was experiencing an active period.

“We know that this was a period [1920-1930] with increased activity of the fault. In reality, people have seen the effects of the earthquakes on the water.”

There have been strange reports near Loch Ness going all the way back to the 7th century. Are the numerous sightings over the years proof of the creature’s existence, mere coincidence, or even a self-fulfilling prophecy continued on by people who want to take part in the legend? Or, could it all actually simply be explained by a natural phenomenon found across the planet? Let us know what you think! Drop us a line on Facebook, tweet us @WhoForted, or leave a comment below!


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  1. Mike McKay

    07/05/2013 at 8:19 AM

    To hell with what Luigi Piccardi says!.. I still believe in Nessie..

  2. alanborky

    07/05/2013 at 1:35 PM

    Mike who did the photoshop of Patty ridin’ the livin’ bejeebus out o’ Nessie?

    Was it Greg because I can see it was done quickly but that’s really bleedin’ good that and after the fuss over one of his last efforts anyone who says otherwise really can suck my royal balls punk!

    But as someone who did geology in Environmental Science at university I have to agree with Jean Luc Picard the fault’s the key to Nessie but in my mind it’s either down to it producing brain if not reality altering plasma related distortions whenever there’s any shifting or creating or reopening passageways capable of drawing Nessie or any remains down while allowing say her tiny larvae back up in the loch.

    • Mike McKay

      07/06/2013 at 8:38 AM

      No, Greg didn’t do the photo.. It was just something I had on my computer that someone sent me.. Thank you for the comment though.. 🙂

  3. linda bealer

    02/27/2015 at 9:11 PM

    Thanks for the photo- I was trying to be quiet (sleeping husband recovering from surgery beside me) but lol’d LOUDLY!

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