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Nessie Watchers

Nessie watching can become a life-time passion.  Some watchers have put their observations on websites.  Steve Feltham, pictured above, lives in a trailer named Nessie-serry Research on the shores of Loch Ness. He supports himself by selling clay sculptures of Nessie, and accepting donations.  He does as much people-watching as Nessie watching.  He shares Nessie stories with locals and tourists alike, and has come to the conclusion that there are 20 or 30 Nessies in the lake.

Richard Carter is a Nessie fan who is also eager to debunk hoax sightings.  He has taken a variety of photos that mimic supposed sightings, but he says none of them are Nessie.  He loves to spend time on the Loch and hopes one day to photograph his own genuine sighting.

Dr. Robert Rines, President of the Academy of Applied Science, Boston MA, has applied technology to his hunt.  He has used a combination of sonar and stroboscopic photography.  He has detected large creatures, about 30 feet long, from which fish take evasive action.  The British Natural History Museum finds his work valid.  But his photos show only a dorsal fin approximately 6 to 8 feet long.

Tim Dinsdale has taken footage of Nessie that some say looks like a boat.  But British Royal Air Force's Joint Aerial Reconnnaissance Intelligence Centre concluded that the part of the thing that was above the water on Dinsdale's film was approximately 12-16 feet wide and 5 feet high, could not have been a boat, and was an "animate object."

Dick Raynor started as a volunteer on David James' expeditions to hunt for Nessie between 1961 and 1972.  In 2000, he's organizing his own expedition. He'll be planting passive monitoring equipment to record optical and audio events on the loch.  Dick has taken the first photograph of a grey seal in Loch Ness.

Dan Taylor runs the Nessa Project.  His adventure in the yellow submarine named Viperfish during 1970 may have been the inspiration for the Beatle's song of the same name.  He didn't see Nessie,  but his submarine was spun around by something large, moving quickly under water.  In 2000, Taylor will resume his hunt for Nessie in a new submarine named Nessa. He's still working on permission form the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of Scotland prior to his adventure.

Here's an interview with Dan Taylor about his intention to get a tissue sample from Nessie: http://www.trueauthority.com/cryptozoology/daninterview.htm

Jan-Ove Sundberg will be taking his famous hydrophone to Loch Ness in March 2000.  He has practiced listening to fish, eels, seals and otters.  He has already recorded a Swedish sea monster, Selma.  He'll be placing his hydrophone deep in the loch at Nessie's two favorite places: Urquhart Castle and St. Augustine. Jan hunts for sea monsters all over the world.

 

Read more about Steve Feltham at:

http://www.travelscotland.co.uk/features/steve_feltham.htm

photo of Steve Feltham is used by permission of: http://www.scotland.net

Feltham thinks there are at least 30 Nessies:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/travelstorydisplay.cfm?storyID=1843570

Read more about Richard Carter at:

http://www.scottishbigcats.co.uk/lochnesssociety.htm

http://www.scottishbigcats.co.uk/attheloch.htm

Read more about Tim Dinsdale at:

http://www.strangemag.com/nessie.searchers.html

Read more about Dick Raynor at:

http://www.lochnessinvestigation.org/  

Read more about the Dan Taylor and the Nessa Project at:

http://www.nessaexpedition.com/

http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1998/10/20/fp4s1-csm.shtml