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MONSTER MAN GROWS HIS OWN NESSIE
NESSIE IN MAD COW SHOCKER
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FORMALLY UNQUALIFIED MONSTER MAN GROWS HIS OWN NESSIE (Jan 2000)
Self-styled but formally unqualified Loch Ness Monster "expert" Adrian Shine FRGS (Click to see how you can join it too) may have gone too far in an attempt to prove his theories on the origins of the Nessie legend.
Shine, 58, a formally unqualified naturalist who runs the so-called Loch Ness Project from Drumnadrochit by the loch, has been nurturing his own monster in a garden pond.
After 20 years of fruitless searching for monsters in Scotland's loch, Shine, originally a printer from London, declared in 1993 that his research had led him to believe that Nessie was nothing more than a large fish.
Since then he has stuck to his story that the monster is in fact a Baltic sturgeon, a fish that can grow to over twenty feet in length.
It has now been revealed that he is rearing his own sturgeon in the "Nessie" pond beside the 'Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition' (formerly the Official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition) by the loch.
The fish, which was brought to Loch Ness from the south of England, has grown to almost 6 feet in length over the past year.
Heavily bearded and formally unqualified Shine said yesterday "This is a bit embarrassing and I would rather that there is not too much publicity about the fish. It is all part of an experiment I am conducting - the fish occasionally breaks the surface in the summer and is spotted by visitors and we are recording their description of what they see".
"It's no wonder that he doesn't want any publicity" said Gary Campbell, President of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club " this experiment has the worst overtones of pseudo science that have been seen at Loch Ness for years".
"What happens when the fish grows too big for the pond? It might be unfair to suggest that the fish may end up in the loch, be spotted and then be caught, thus proving Mr Shine correct all along, but the coincidences are a bit much to take" he said.
The fish has been reared under conditions of secrecy by the naturalist who has no formal scientific qualifications.
He does however state publicly that he is not interested in hunting for monsters but is merely looking at the ecology of the loch.
"It may be that he is raising a sturgeon because he didn't like goldfish" said Gary Campbell "or he may be moving into the production of Loch Ness caviar, but given the contempt with which he treats any theory other than his own, I think that something slightly more sinister may be going on".
You can learn much more about the search for Nessie, Operation Deepscan etc. by reading the definitive book on the subject: Nicholas Witchell's The Loch Ness Story.
This site strongly suggests you give formally unqualified Shine's exhibition a miss and visit the much more pro-Nessie Original Loch Ness Exhibition - on the Beauly road in Drumnadrochit.
The OLNMFC looks after the interests of a few other monsters than just Nessie.
Scotland has a few resident monsters, most of whom live in the "monster triangle" centered on the Great Glen where Loch Ness is situated.
Nessie's best known cousins are Morag at Loch Morar and Lizzie at Loch Lochy, both of whom put in regular appearances. Less well known, but still there are Archie , Sheila, Quoichy and the rest of the gang - we represent all of them!
NESSIE IN MAD COW SHOCKER
There are worries this week that the Loch Ness Monster may fall victim to Mad Cow disease. This has shocked her supporters at Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
The scare came about when it was revealed that an American woman suggests emptying dead sheep and cow remains into the clean waters of the loch in a bid to lure Nessie.
Alice Heisten of Colorado Springs in the US said that she would like to "attract the creature with blood from a slaughterhouse poured in the water in areas where it is seen often". She added that carcasses of sheep with transmitters embedded in them could also be left for Nessie to eat.
Her ideas have been met with both shock and revulsion after Alice emailed her ideas to the "Nessie on the Net" internet site.
Gary Campbell, President of the Inverness based Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club said yesterday "This could be a nightmare scenario. Loch Ness is used by many scientists as it is unspoiled by pollution."
"If some madman takes up Alice’s suggestions and fills the loch up with blood and guts and dead sheep, it could infect Nessie with mad cow disease - after all it was feeding sheep remains to cows that gave them BSE in the first place."
Alice however feels that her idea could help the tourist industry. She stated that "regular feedings in the same place could make Nessie dependent and a possible tourist attraction"
This however was rejected by Nessie experts. "The monster is a tourist attraction in its own right without this nonsense" retorted Gary , "she has surfaced nine times already this year and all that dead sheep floating on the loch would do is lead to an increase in fake sightings"
"Nessie has never been known to attack anyone in the past 1400 years but as well as driving her mad, this could give her a taste for blood and put tourist lives at risk. However , if she was tracked with radio transmitters I suppose we could issue warnings of where her next attack might be!"
The Loch Ness Monster has been making headlines since it was first spotted in 565AD by St. Columba. Many people claim to have seen the mythical beast but it has remained as elusive as ever when anybody has tried to catch her.
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Only a week after it was revealed in government files that the Scottish Office wanted nothing to do with the Loch Ness Monster, her fans in Scotland were stunned to hear that the rights to the name ‘Nessie’ are being claimed by an American film production company. RLP Entertainments of Las Vegas claim to have copyright on the name of the famous Scottish monster.
The row over Nessie and the rights to her name started in late 1997 when RLP Entertainments created a web site on the internet to promote their forthcoming animated film "Nessie". When Gary Campbell, President of the Inverness based Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club and part of the Scottish ‘Nessie on the Net!’ web site heard of the claims, he contacted RLP to question their rights to the Scottish icon. "I pointed out that the name was in common usage and therefore could not be copyrighted by anyone . I also could not believe the gall of a US company in claiming that they owned the rights to our monster"
RLP replied by saying that they owned copyright on the name Nessie, with their legal department stating that to date "we have not legally pursued our right to have the use of the word, name or character ‘Nessie’, or as he is commonly known, the Loch Ness Monster, stopped as would be our right under copyright law".
When last night questioned further on this point, RLP spokesman Robert Leonard stated that they had bought the rights to Nessie for a "six figure plus sum" in the late 1980’s from Ken Anderson who worked as an animator for Walt Disney. Mr Anderson wrote a book "Nessie and the little Blind Boy" which is the basis for the film.
Gary replied " This is absurd, firstly they say they own the copyright on Nessie and the Loch Ness Monster, then it appears that they have effectively been taken in by another American to whom they paid a large sum of money. All this for something that has been in the public domain and owned by nobody for many years - it is like the yanks who were sold Tower Bridge in London by some fast talking con man!"
Veteran Nessie hunter Richard A. Carter of Yorkshire, who has searched for the Loch Ness monster for many years, confirmed that nobody can own the rights to the name ‘Nessie’. " The name originates from the gaelic "An Neasaidh", meaning female of the Ness, the anglified form of which is "Nessie". This has been in common use for hundreds of years in the Loch Ness area since the monster was first spotted in 565AD.
RLP also claimed that the name ‘Loch Ness Monster’ was first used by Franciscan Monks in the 1800’s who were trying to exorcise the monster from the loch.
Richard replied "the phrase ‘Loch Ness Monster’ which RLP are also supposedly laying claim to was coined by Evan Barron of the Inverness Courier newspaper in 1933, so I suppose it is Mr. Barron, if anyone, who could have sold the rights. Incidentally, the monks who live by Loch Ness are Benedictine, not Franciscan".
RLP have gone even further and started "The Official Nessie Fan Club" on the internet which has infuriated Gary Campbell. " Not only do they claim to own the rights to the name Nessie, but they have copied us, only changing "Loch Ness Monster" to "Nessie", a move which will only confuse genuine Nessie fans. This is typical of such a concern - they see what they think is a good idea and rip it off for their own benefit without regard to the fact that they are breaking the law by passing themselves off as us."
When asked about this, Mr. Leonard of RLP stated that he did not think that anybody would confuse the name "Nessie" with "Loch Ness Monster" and that their fan club only dealt with aspects of the forthcoming film and was not for "people wanting to sit by Loch Ness all day looking for a monster". He went on to say that they were currently attracting 10,000 new members a week which proved the success of the US web site.
Gary, who runs his club as a hobby and currently has 141 members, retorted " this is rubbish, firstly their legal department say that ‘Nessie’ and ‘Loch Ness Monster’ are one and the same, now their spokesman says they are not. Also, we do not just sit by the loch all day but carry out hi-tech research into the monster and its environs, something that those who think that RLP’s site is the real thing will unfortunately now never know about"
He went on to say " we are a small club so unfortunately we cannot afford to hire American lawyers to stop them - it looks like it will be another case of big brother getting away with it again"
The Loch Ness Monster was first spotted by St. Columba in 1400 years ago. Last year it was seen nine times at various locations in the loch.
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