With sightings as early as the year 565, has the mystery of the Loch Ness monster finally been solved? If an Italian geologist is to be believed, yes it has.
Luigi Piccardi says the shaking ground and bubbles in the water that people associate with the beast aren't the work of a monster, but rather an active fault that runs under the lake, along with other lakes in the area. "There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault," he says in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
According to Piccardi, sightings of Nessie also coincide with seismic activity in the fault, specifically noting the 1920s and 30s. Of course, the search for the monster ht a fever pitch then, with photographic evidence appearing in 1934. That photo was later proven to be a hoax.
These days, most see Nessie as little more than a fun story or a tourist attraction. Still, for the few that truly believe, this could be very sad news.
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