Loch Ness Monster Animal Planet [Monsters]

Loch Ness Monster Animal Planet

A (faked) photo of the Loch Ness monster (Archive/Getty)Steve Feltham, a 52-year-old man who has spent the better part of the last 25 years searching for the Loch Ness monster, has reached a conclusion about the mythical creature: It doesn’t exist, and it’s actually a large catfish.

I say: Where is your imagination, Mr. Feltham?

Wels catfish are not native to the United Kingdom but have been introduced to the area for sport fishing, and they can get massive — 13 feet long and up to 880 pounds. They’ve also been known to live for decades.

It would seem to be a decent solution to the problem. People see a massive fish that’s unfamiliar, they start telling stories, the stories get exaggerated, all of a sudden we have a massive dinosaur monster roaming the water in a Scottish lake.

Animal PlanetHere’s a photo of a Wels Catfish, with the host of River Monsters Jeremy Wade (who was a wonderful guest on the FTW Podcast) for scale.

It’s a massive fish. It’s a plausible explanation.

But water is a funny old thing. We can barely explore it. If you tell me there’s a prehistoric monster in a lake, odds are I’m going to believe you. And until Jeremy Wade of River Monsters tells me otherwise, I’m going to believe.

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