Tom Pickles cellular phone camera photo may prove yes she did. Whoa Nellie! Or should I say Nessie? Wait, Nessie? Again? C’mon. Don’t kid me. Who hasn’t seen the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot or Paris Hilton with her clothes on. I mean, who are we kidding? Among myth and urban legend, they’re the top players. Okay, maybe the last one isn’t a myth. But it’s urban legend like Nessie and Bigfoot that keep UFO hunters and the like hunkered in secret, cameras at the ready.
Nevertheless, an IT professional kayaking on Lake Windermere claims to have snapped with his cell phone camera an unexpected photo of Nessie’s cousin — the myth now being referred to as Bownessie — on Lake Windermere, in England’s Lake District.
“Each hump was moving in a rippling motion, and it was swimming fast. Its skin was like a seal’s but its shape was completely abnormal–it’s not like any animal I’ve ever seen before,” the photographer of Bownessie, Tom Pickles, is reported as saying about seeing the creature he once thought was a myth.
Apparently it’s not the first time Bownessie has been sighted, much like the urban legend of Nessie herself. Steve Burnip claims to have seen Bownessie in 2006. But it’s the first photographic evidence that a Loch Ness Monster is swimming around in England instead of Scotland.
Maybe Nessie finally hooked up and had some kids. Leaves one wondering where Mr. Nessie has been hiding. Maybe there’s hope for Bownessie, too. Who knows? We might be seeing these beasts in the States before long.
Even Pickles’ kayaking companion, Sarah Harrington claims it’s not a myth. “I only saw it for a few seconds, but all I could think about was that I had to get off the lake,” Harrington said.
But many are skeptical of this picture of a new Loch Ness Monster type creature, as they are with most urban legends and Loch Ness Monster myths.
The picture of Bownessie is grainy at best. (When are they going to improve those cell phone cameras anyway?) The cell phone photo bears a strong resemblance to other grainy photos of Nessie, Bigfoot, UFO sightings, and the like. But the hunt is on, and there’s probably no stopping the scramble to prove or disprove the existence of Bownessie.
“It’s a bit of fun, it adds a bit of spice to life,” said Ian Winfield, a scientist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology at the Lancaster, England, Environment Centre. “It would be wonderful if it was true. I mean if we had some kind of creature alive in the British Isles it would be fantastic but I really don’t think it can be so.”
Let’s just hope the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and something creepy in a UFO don’t hook up together.
And, meanwhile … maybe scientists and amateur monster hunters and UFO watchers could do something about Paris Hilton.