Bones un­der the ham­mer ... £30k to bring Nessie back home

Fans of world-fa­mous mon­ster bid to put skele­ton on dis­play

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News - By Mike Mer­ritt MAIL@SUNDAYPOST.COM

For years she has only given fleet­ing – and in­con­clu­sive – glimpses of her­self.

Now would-be Nessie spot­ters could have some­thing more tan­gi­ble to look at, if a plan to buy a 205mil­lion-yearold skele­ton comes

off. A crowd­fund­ing scheme is be­ing set up to bid for the rare skele­ton of a ple­siosaur – the pre­his­toric crea­ture which most closely re­sem­bles mod­ern sight­ings of the Loch Ness Mon­ster.

The plan to buy the skele­ton – and put it on per­ma­nent dis­play on the banks of Loch Ness – comes from Gary Camp­bell, the recorder and keeper of the Of­fi­cial Loch Ness Mon­ster Sight­ings Register.

“It would be like re­turn­ing Nessie home – be­cause the most com­monly held view of what she is, is a ple­siosaur, or a de­scen­dant of a ple­siosaur,” he said.

“I am hop­ing to launch a crowd­fun­der to mount a bid and will be ac­tively talk­ing to in­ter­ested par­ties about do­ing so and rais­ing the funds.

“A crowd­fun­der would also see the pub­lic ac­tively in­volved in bring­ing Nessie home.”

If the plan is suc­cess­ful, the skele­ton would be dis­played in a van­dal-proof clear case at a point around the loch. “Peo­ple would then be able to imag­ine Nessie on the wa­ter as they look through the glass,” said Gary.

“It would have anti-theft mea­sures, but who would want to steal a 10ft-long di­nosaur?

“It would be an at­trac­tion, a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion point and a cel­e­bra­tion of one of the world’s great mys­ter­ies.”

Dores, a lochside vil­lage pop­u­lar with tourists where there has al­ready been a Nessie sight­ing this year, would be the per­fect lo­ca­tion for the at­trac­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Nessie en­thu­si­ast.

“It has been recog­nised that the Nessie we see to­day isn’t some long-lost di­nosaur but there’s ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity that she’s de­scended from crea­tures like the one that’s now for sale,” said Gary.

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