Episode 120: The Ballad of Nessie: The Loch Ness Monster

Okay. We’ve finally done it. It’s Nessie’s turn for the Just A Story treatment. The Loch Ness Monster is said to occupy the vast expanse of water in Scotland, but alas, our dear lake monster remains in the realm of myth to this day. Of course there are numerous sightings each year, but there are not so much in the way of proof. This raises obvious questions, like: when and how did these sightings start; what evidence has accumulated; and just what the loch is going on in that lake? Join us this week as we explore the sordid history of Nessie hunters, the story of the princess of paleontology, a primer on water horses and kelpies, and so much more.







Abominable Science! Daniel Loxton

2017 has been a ‘record year’ for sightings of the Loch Ness monster – BBC

Film’s lost Nessie monster prop found in Loch Ness – BBC

The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster (as Told by the Scottish Papers)


Google Joins the Search for the Loch Ness Monster – The Atlantic

How scientists debunked the Loch Ness Monster – Vox

Report of strange spectacle on Loch Ness in 1933 leaves unanswered question – what was it? – The Inverness Courier

Frank Searle’s lost second book – Charles Fort Institute

Adamnan: Life of St. Columba

Loch Ness Project

How Waves Could’ve Created the Loch Ness Monster – Smithsonian

Film of ‘Monster’ Fails To Convince – NYTs 1934

Photos of the Loch Ness Monster, revisited – Tetrapod Zoology

The Legend of Loch Ness – NOVA

The Body of Nessie Found (April Fool’s Day – 1972) – Museum of Hoaxes

Pensioner finds ‘Nessie’ fossil – BBC

Coelacanth Fish Tops List of Prehistoric Animals Found Alive

St Gemma Galgani


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