The Loch Ness Monster

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Since I was little, I have always been fascinated by the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. I found all the theories and ‘evidence’ intriguing, and even though I don’t believe in Nessie, I still find myself researching the myth every now and again.

One of my favourite (and most ridiculous, I think) theories about Nessie and the ‘sightings’, is the elephant theory. This theory goes that the vast majority of sightings were due to an escaped circus elephant swimming in the Loch.

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The head and spine of the elephant therefore made the distinctive ‘humps’ and head of the monster. I find this theory ridiculous because of how there were no escaped circus elephants roaming Scotland, and because of how unlikely an escaped elephant would be to go for a swim in the freezing Loch.

As my current work explores hybrids and weird creatures, I couldn’t resist making a piece of art about this theory. The resulting artwork is an ‘Infant Loch Ness Monster’ skeleton, comprising of a plesiosaur neck, spine, flippers and tail, and an elephant skull. This piece works because at first glance you would think it was a depiction of an actual extinct aquatic dinosaur, but upon reading the title you realise how absurd it is.

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