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Mystery Photo

What in the world is it?

Mystery Photo
Don’t peek at the answer until you’ve given this a good try! Then, scroll down a bit and the truth will be revealed to you.

Credit: (Robert Kenneth Wilson)

What In the World Is It?

A tree trunk? An otter? A monster? It’s hard to tell, isn’t it? There is no scale. Are those huge waves (6 footers), or tiny ripples (inches). Who knows? Well, actually, we do know. This photo was taken in 1934 by Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London physician, who tried to say it was a monster in Loch Ness, a like in Scotland. The idea was that it was a "plesiosaur-like beast with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters." This photo catapulted a belief that lasts to this day that Loch Ness contains a monster – which has generated, according to Skeptical Inquirer author Robert T. Carroll, "a massive tourist industry said to have generated about $37 million in 1993, complete with submarine rides (about one hundred bucks an hour in 1994) and a multi-media tourist center." We know know the photo is a hoax – one explained in the December 2000 issue of Odyssey magazine.


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