Marine expert and professor Michael Sweet has dismissed alleged sightings of the infamous Loch Ness Monster, saying in many cases what they believe to be sea creatures are something else entirely
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Loch Ness Monster fans are crazy about a new adult theory about what the mythical beast could be.
Marine biologist Michael Sweet suggested it could be an excited male whale swimming near the surface, sparking the legend.
Hundreds of people have claimed to have seen the creature over the years, with interest in Nessie booming in the 1930s with the publication of the infamous surgeon’s photo.
The monster remains a myth and attracts visitors from all over the world each year to look for the animal.
Award-winning researcher and lecturer Mr. Sweet, who intervened in the discussion, claimed that the long necks of sea monsters reported by early researchers may have been the protruding penis of a male whale looking to mate.
Alongside a picture of the monster, he wrote: “Back in [the] Day travelers/explorers drew what they saw.
“A lot of sea monster stories come from here, e.g. Tentacles and alien-like appendages emerging from the water – suggesting something more sinister lurking beneath… though in many cases they were just forest ***s.
“Whales often mate in groups, so while one male is busy with the female, the other male will just stick his tail out of the water as he swims around waiting for his turn. Everyone needs to have a little fun, right?
“A female whale will usually be mated with a primary escort (male) and a group of males will attempt to fight for their right to overthrow the escort and earn mating rights.
“A competition pod can have just a handful of whales or a larger group of 12-15.”
The beast has been sighted since the sixth century, when the Irish monk Saint Columbia wrote of an encounter on the banks of the River Ness.
Interest in the mythical beast skyrocketed in the 1930s with a series of claims including the infamous image known as the Surgeon’s Photograph.
It showed the creature’s head and neck and was later revealed to be a hoax.
Mr. Sweet’s claims were met with hilarity by some people, although one Nessie expert called him an “ignorant fool”.
Author Tony Harmsworth said: “The man’s ignorance of the area around Loch Ness is astounding. Any large air breather would have been easy to identify. There is no whale in Loch Ness.
“His ignorance of the mystery is just as amazing. He compares the whales’ penises to a photograph that was discredited as a hoax thirty years ago.
“Well, my expert opinion is that he’s an ignorant fool!”
Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine of the Loch Ness Project added: “There are no whales in Loch Ness.”
Mr Sweet added: “I never said Nessie was a whale – [I] indicated that many “monsters” were most likely whale penises, and this will explain a number of seafaring sightings of the time. Nessie was used as an example only.”
One reader joked, “My dad used to watch whales when he was in the Navy. He said it made him feel a little inadequate…”
Another said: “From now on I will treat anything we don’t understand as adult.”
Two sightings have been reported so far this year, the most recent being on April 4 when Tom Ingram, a visitor from Portsmouth, on the Spirit of Loch Ness cruise reported contact via his sonar.
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The first was in March, when documentary maker Jamie Huntley said he saw a “big boulder or something”.
He said, “A large object/creature in the hole caught my eye.
“At first I thought it was a big boulder or something. I said to my driving friend, “What is that, it’s huge?” I could see movement and the water hitting it.
“The object/creature reflected the water making it look wet, almost like a whale skin crossed with a fish skin. it was dark in color, darker than the water that surrounded it, there were dark gray, black, brown colors, it almost looked like a whale’s hump breaking through the surface without the fin.
“There was definite movement, but I didn’t see too much of the movement before trees obscured it.”
Six official sightings have been made in 2021, more than 1,000 since records began.
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