Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 25, 2005
Marine biologist David Caldwell and the Highland Council have agreed to a plan that will finally track and capture the large predatory creature that inhabits ScotlandÂs famous lake.
ÂOur first step will be to set up a sonar array using buoys,Â states Caldwell, who once organized a research team to photograph the elusive giant squid in its deepwater habitat. ÂWhile the array is being prepared, the Army Corp. of Engineers will be assembling sections of a pre-fabricated bridge. Once in place, the floating bridge will span Urquhart Bay. Steel fencing, connected to the bridgeÂs pontoons, will then be lowered into place and anchored to the bottom. The idea is to create a natural habitat to pen the monster. Once the array is up and running, the bay will be baited and the creature lured, then sealed inside. Â
Critics have protested CaldwellÂs plan, including members of PETA, and CaldwellÂs rival, marine biologist Zachary Wallace. ÂCaldwellÂs plan wonÂt work, heÂs making the same mistakes all Nessie hunters make who rely on sonar. As we know from studies conducted with the Navy, active sonar (pinging) frightens marine animals while damaging their hearing and sense of navigation. A sonar buoy pinging in Loch Ness will simply scare its largest predator into hiding. The same thing happened in Operation Deep Scan years ago. A dozen vessels pinging an underwater trowel is deafening.Â
Still, the recent gruesome death of American tourist Tiani Brueggart, now attributed to the creature, has caused concern among residents. ÂWeÂve got to do something,Â says Calum Forest, a local living in Drumnadrochit. ÂPenning the creatureÂs far more humane than killing itÂ assuming you could even find it to kill. I like CaldwellÂs plan, and Council will recoup their losses with the expected increases in tourism.Â
This is not the first attempt to capture the monster, but BrueggartÂs death was the first attributed to this deepwater marine species since 565 AD. According to Dr. Caldwell, the makeshift pen should be ready to test by early July. Stay tuned for updates.
The following was excerpted from best-selling author Steve Alten latest thriller, The LOCH (Tsunami Books). http://www.TheLoch.com