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Is Nessie Dead?

December 3, 2010

It breaks my heart to say this, but the Loch Ness monster may have died. A reduced number of sightings and changes in the loch due to global warming have led some to speculate that the great cryptid is no more (although there may have been a possible sighting a few days ago).

I never considered the idea that cyptids could go extinct. Although I suppose that, if they exist, then they necessarily have that possibility. Of course, the big question is: if Nessie does exist, and has gone extinct, what impact will that have on the loch’s ecosystem? After all, if she does exist, she is a part of that ecosystem, whether or not we can confirm her presence. I’m assuming the monsters would be the apex predators; if they are gone, what will that do to the fish population? Will the fish recover, only to die off again when their usual predator isn’t their to cull their numbers?

And then I got to thinking: the Loch Ness monster isn’t the only aquatic cryptid out there. What about Champ in Lake Champlain? Or the Ogopogo of Lake Okanagan? Or the Cadborosaurus off the coast of British Columbia? If the Loch Ness monster existed, and has since gone extinct, then surely the factors that caused that (hypothetical) extinction concern other sea monsters as well. If they exist.

Champ

 

Ogopogo

 

The mere fact that we remain so uncertain implies that, if they do exist, their populations are quite small. Therefore, the species would be much more likely to succumb to environmental stressors. Besides the possible impact on their respective ecosystems, it’s depressing to think of creatures that have vanished before we had a chance to know them. If they exist, and if they are in fact reptiles, sea monsters constitute a unique class of organism; other large aquatic creatures are either mammals or fish- there aren’t any large marine reptiles left aside from our sea monsters (if they exist).

Given all of this, I’ve decided to create the Society for the Protection and Aid of Sea Monsters (SPASM). SPASM’s mission is simple: Confirmation, Contemplation, Conservation. Once their existence has been confirmed, the awesomeness and importance of sea monsters can be contemplated, followed by the obviously-vital matter of conservation.

Here are suggestions for helping SPASM, in the form of a list:

  1. Educate the public on the possible plight of sea monsters.
  2. Go monster-hunting (with a camera, not a gun!!!).
  3. Do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint and lessen the human impact on global warming.
  4. Keep rivers, lakes, and oceans clean.

Don’t let this be the fate of all sea monsters:

Possible Cadborosaurus corpse

-Arvik
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9 comments

  1. RIP Nessie. Go SPASM!


  2. SPASM is truly an organization I can support in good conscience. We have our own Bear Lake Monster here on the border of Utah and Idaho, who hasn’t been seen in years. These monsters are extremely shy, threatened by the growing human presence.


  3. I really hope Nessie isn’t dead!! She and her brethren have fascinated me since I was a little girl…

    Where can I sign up for SPASM?!?!


    • Consider yourself a SPASM-er now. 😉


  4. Thar’s good eatin’ on them cryptids.

    — david j.


  5. Wonderful post.

    I loved The Water Horse (2007) about the friendship between baby Nessie and a young lad in Scotland.

    http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/thewaterhorse/

    I hope that Nessie lives on.


    • I heard about that movie! Unfortunately, I never got around to seeing it… but now I know what to do with my upcoming free time. Thanks for the suggestion!


  6. I read a book by a University of Washington professor called ‘Life as We Don’t Know It.’ A lot of the book was over my head, but the basic premise was, how can we recognize life on other planets if we can’t recognize it here? A little off topic of Nessie, but taking that thought further, if there are life forms here we don’t as yet even recognize as life, then there’s a good chance things live that others see as only legend. Personally, I’m looking for Bigfoot in the mountains where I live. And hoping Nessie is still there. Oh, and loved the Waterhorse; great music. Plot a bit predictable but still well worth watching.


  7. I’ve heard that since the writing of the Hugh Lofting book Pushmi-pullyu numbers may have decreased by as much as much as 95%!



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