• Short Summary

    The Loch Ness monster was given the strongest scientific backing of its legendary career in London on Wednesday (10 December) when a group of experts presented a set of photographs for public scrutiny.

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    The Loch Ness monster was given the strongest scientific backing of its legendary career in London on Wednesday (10 December) when a group of experts presented a set of photographs for public scrutiny.

    United States' lawyer Robert Rines and British naturalist Sir Peter Scott faced a barrage of questions from a sceptical news conference when they explained the photographs were meant to show a large aquatic animal.

    Although the pictures have exited the legions of "Nessie" fans who have always insisted that the hump-backed beast dwells in the depths of Scotland's deepest lake, there were still plenty of doubters at the meeting.

    Some zoologists dismissed the photographs as inconclusive, possibly showing nothing more than drifting tree trunks.

    To the layman, the new underwater photographs could have been a disappointment. They looked more like gnarled tree stumps than underwater monsters.

    What they were meant to show was a creature with an arching neck between seven and 12 feet (2-4 metres) long, a fat body and stubby indistinct appendages.

    The monster has even been given a proper scientific name, apparently essential under British law to get protection for an endangered species. The name is Nessiteras Rhombopteryx.

    Dr. Rines headed a research team which took the photographs with automatic cameras. He described the creature as the "tenth wonder of the world" and said his motive in publishing the photographs was to stimulate the scientific world into detailed analysis of the evidence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8SN9JOUSK4GIER2EQ203FGL21
    Media URN:
    VLVA8SN9JOUSK4GIER2EQ203FGL21
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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