Mythical beasts in the depths of Scottish lakes or in the icy heights of the Himalayas have inspired our imaginations for centuries: Nessie, Yeti, BigFoot and much more.
The Yeti, the mountaineering relative of the Big Foot, leaves footprints in the snow of the Himalayas, the Loch Ness monster stretches its hump out of the water and can be photographed and visitors from space are now even appearing in air force footage.
Time to clarify scientifically: How real are these creatures?
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The shaggy BigFoot having an afternoon nap
For decades only a few grainy images of the hairy biped existed: But now Big Foot seems to be reckless! A US research team from Kentucky was able to film a specimen – happily slumbering during an afternoon nap in the undergrowth of a wooded area in Kentucky!
However, the fact that the video only shows pixelated and shaky shots quickly leads to doubts as to its credibility. Experts are already assuming a fake shortly after publication.
The best-known film recordings of the creature – published in 1967 by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin – show a big foot pounding heavily through a grove. According to the unanimous opinion of the experts, however, a crude fake: The “thing” was nothing more than a man in a gorilla costume.
A while back team of US researchers deciphered DNA samples supposedly from bigfoot and found them to be neither human nor animal, not a single creature but a breed.
Is this the ultimate, real, one hundred percent proof that BigFoot REALLY exists?
Let’s just say more evidence is needed before any definitive conclusion can be made.
Nessie, the legendary monster from Scotland
Since the first photographically verifiable sighting of the “Loch Ness Monster” in 1933, hundreds of British people – including farmers, politicians, doctors, clergy and aircraft engineers – have wanted to see it with their own eyes. The eyewitness accounts are amazingly similar: Nessie is said to be up to 20 meters long, with a hump and a long neck. Nessie could be a plesiosaur, scientists suspect based on the descriptions.
In 2011, the 42-year-old Scotsman Marcus Atkinson Nessie could unexpectedly have tracked it down: When the experienced captain was waiting with his passenger ship in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle, his sonar suddenly struck. Surrounded by numerous fish, the sonar echo showed the object was around 1.5 meters in diameter. With the presence of mind, the captain took out his cell phone and photographed the display.
Shortly after his discovery was published, the guesswork and calculations began. The Nessie experts from the Loch Ness Mystery blog write: “If it is an animal, it should rather be the dimensions of the lungs or a swim bladder. In such a case, however, a lung or a buoyancy organ of 1.5 meters would indicate a really large being about 10 meters in length. “
At least the calculated size would come pretty close to a plesiosaur (3 to 10 meters)
There are tons of indistinct and blurry photos of the infamous sea monster. Since the 1930s, Nessie has had herself snapped more than 4,000 times!
Many of the recordings have meanwhile been exposed as forgeries. It was only at the beginning of October that the Scottish fisherman George Edwards (61) revealed that he only photographed a fiberglass fake for his legendary picture of a Nessie back.
BUT WHY DOES THE NESSIE LEGEND LAST SO LONG?
The problem is probably with Loch Ness itself. 100% exploration of the deepest lake in Scotland, which contains more water than all freshwater lochs and lakes in Great Britain combined, is simply not possible to this day.
And so, we can only wait eagerly until the next ominous shot of the shy sea monster appears and causes new speculation around the globe.
Snowman from the Himalayas – the Yeti
Yeti, mountain man, glacier man, mountain spirit – many names entwine around the mysterious creature: Huge two to three meters tall and 200 kilos in weight, eyewitnesses describe the hairy Yeti as an imposing, two-legged creature.
Because: Various expeditions at altitudes of 5,000 to 7,000 meters have found alleged footprints of the snow man in the last few decades, many of which were photographically documented and followed over longer distances.
However, some zoologists, including the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner, believe that the Yeti is in fact a Tibetan brown bear. In some Himalayan languages, “Yeti” is the word for bear.
Analyses of the “yeti hair” collected so far identified the finds as exclusively goat, horse or bear hair.
Whether its mysterious creatures like Bigfoot or Yeti, or aliens from outer space or even mystical phenomena like random stairs in the woods. We should take them for what they are, myths and legends, that is until proven otherwise. No doubt the universe is big and there is a chance there might be life on other planets. Similarly, there are many places on our own planet that are unexplored and things that we as humans cannot fully comprehend as of yet. That still does not mean we should believe in all these creatures without any empirical evidence.