Monsters + odd coincidences via the wires

I just went onto Yahoo’s site and saw a video news item via AP claiming ‘new footage’ of the Loch Ness monster.  The photo next to the item is the most famous photo of ‘Nessie’ that, well, turned out to be a hoax.

Um, nice folks at Associated Press, April Fool’s Day was almost two months ago. The ‘surgeon photo’ is a bit of a giveaway.

The video itself is less than impressive.  There’s an elongated area where the water is slightly darker than the surrounding area, and movement that could easily be an optical illusion.

More than anything though, there’s the timing of the release of the video, which, by some, I’m sure, completely unrelated coincidence, appears on the same day that the local business & tourism leaders have put in a bid for the area to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to an article in the Financial Times: The area attracts 400,000 visitors a year, bringing in an estimated £25m. But LDN believes world heritage status could quadruple that contribution, as well as ensuring the environment is protected.

Must be one of those freaky coincidences…

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