Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 6, 2005
So youÂre planning a Summer vacation to Europe, and you really want to visit Scotland and its famous 23-mile long lake, but you just read about new sightings and a 4-inch tooth being pulled out of a half-eaten deer carcassÂ
Should you still plan on camping out at Loch Ness?
ÂAbsolutely,Â says Michael Schaffer, an accountant at a wholesale meat plant in Michigan. ÂWeÂre going in late July, itÂs supposed to be beautiful then. Of course, IÂd loved to take a picture of this monster. My 14 year old even wants to explore the shoreline, looking for giant animal tracks!Â
ÂNot interested, Â says Lauren Hermann. The ninth-grade science teacher, residing in Delray Beach, Florida, altered her plans after seeing photos posted by two American students at http://www.LochnessTooth.com ÂPeople donÂt understandÂ this is no longer a tourist attraction, this is a predatory fish as big as a school bus. We had planned to camp out in a park in Invermoriston, right along the water, but IÂm not taking a chance.Â
Marilyn Miller, who runs a travel agency in New York City says sheÂs seen interest in traveling to Scotland jump over the last eight weeks. ÂPersonally, I think it has more to do with the hype for the book (Steve AltenÂs The LOCH) than this tooth nonsense. People read about a place, then they want to visit. ItÂs like what happens when a movie comes out, you read the book, now you want to see it on the big screen.Â
The official Scottish Tourism Agency, VISIT SCOTLAND, actually advertises in The LOCH, a just-released thriller about the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. ÂWe loved the book, and felt it accurately depicted the Highlands,Â says Claire White, who works in the Tourism Industry. ÂIt marks the first time weÂve ever advertised in a novel. We hope the movie deal will come through.Â
ÂThe bookÂs great,Â says Karen Bell, an assistant manager at Barnes and Noble in New Jersey, Âbut thereÂs no way IÂd go to Loch Ness. I know itÂs fiction, but IÂd freak. Way too scary.Â
The LOCH has been optioned by Hollywood filmmaker David Foster, who produced The Thing, Mask of Zorro, and The River Wild. A new documentary, based solely on the science in the book and the latest discoveries at Loch Ness is under development.