Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 20, 2005
The Loch Ness MonsterÂ It was first sighted by Saint Columba in 565 AD, and is credited with 10,000 sightings ever since. ItÂs also what draws millions of tourists to the Scottish Highlands. . .which is why you may NOT be getting the real story about what the monster is. . .or why photos are so hard to come by.
Enter NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten. His latest thriller, The LOCH, is being praised by scientists for its thought-provoking research and cutting-edge theories. According to the author, there really is a large predator inhabiting Loch Ness, but youÂll never see it during the day.
Says Alten, Âthe romantic notion, encouraged by the Highland tourism industry, is that Nessie is a friendly plesiosaur, an air-breathing marine reptile that went extinct 65 million years ago. In actuality, the creature is an amphibious fish, more related to a species that migrates into Loch Ness each Spring from the Sargasso Sea. ItÂs quite large, prefers the depths, and when it surfaces, itÂs at night, usually during the winter months.Â
Forensics Investigator and Nessie researcher Bill McDonald of Mesa, Arizona agrees. ÂNot only did Steve get the science right, he injected logical common-sense conclusions in regard to the lack of photographic evidence, how the monster entered Loch Ness in the first place, its age, species, and exactly why previous attempts at locating the creature failed.Â
Meanwhile back in Scotland, the Highland Council have kept quiet about a 4-inch barbed tooth, discovered in a mutilated deer carcass in March by two college students, later confiscated by authorities. ÂIf the tooth is real, and it appears that it is, then DNA tests will blow the lid off all the conjecture,Â says McDonald. ÂIt may also put a dent in Highland tourism, which tells you why the Authorities would prefer this all just go away. But with $100,000 in reward money hanging in the balance, it wonÂt be long before the tooth shows up.Â
Steve Alten can be reached by e-mail at Meg82159@aol.com Mr. McDonald can be reached by phone at 480-330-7553 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org