Researchers have discovered Nessie! Just not in the way we’ve all been hoping for…
Norwegian’s Kongsberg Maritime, Adrian Shine’s Loch Ness Project and Visit Scotland have all backed up claims that a underwater robot belonging to Kongsberg Maritime has discovered a long lost movie prop of The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie. In this collaboration, the announcement was made after the robot snapped density, mass and thermal images at the bottom of the lake that looked a little Nessie like; where-as researches backed up the claim with proof of the prop monster’s infamous sink in 1969. Most interesting, the prop has been discovered just a few hundred yards from a recent Nessie sighting.
The 30 foot Nessie prop was created for Bill Wilder’s 1969 feature The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, which starred Robert Stephens and Christopher Lee. Adrian Shine told the epic story of the prop’s submersion to BBC News Scotland, saying, “The model was built with a neck and two humps and taken alongside a pier for filming of portions of [the film] in 1969. [The director] did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy. And the inevitable happened. The model sank.”
After being underwater for more than 50 years, it is unclear whether or not the prop will be dug up and put on display.