Etrange spectacle sur le Loch Ness

Campbell, Alex: Inverness Courrier, mardi 2 mai 1933
L'article d'origine
L'article d'origine

Qu'était-ce ?

Le Loch Ness est depuis des générations connu pour être l'habitat d'un monstre à l'apparence effrayante, mais, d'une manière ou d'une autre, le "water kelpie", comme on appelle cette créature légendaire, a toujours été considéré comme un mythe, si ce n'est une blague. Aujourd'hui, cependant, arrive la nouvelle que la bête a été vue une nouvelle fois, car le vendredi de la semaine dernière un homme d'affaires bien connu vivant à Inverness, et sa femme (diplômée de l'Université), alors qu'ils roulaient le long de la berge nord du loch, non loin de Abriachan pier, furent stupéfaits de voir une énorme perturbation sur le loch, qui était auparavant aussi calme que l'étang proverbial. La demoiselle fut la 1ère à remarquer la perturbation, qui eut lieu à 3 bons quarts de mile de la berge, et ce furent ses cris soudains d'arrêter qui attirèrent l'attention de son mari sur l'eau.

Là, la créature s'ébattait, roulant et plongeant pendant une bonne minute, son corps ressemblant à celui d'une baleine, et l'eau cascading and churning comme un chaudron mijotant. Bientôt, cependant, il disparut dans une basse d'écume bouillonnante. Les 2 spectateurs confessed that there was something uncanny about the whole thing, for they realised that here was no ordinary denizen of the depths, because, apart from its enormous size, the beast, in taking the final plunge, sent out waves that were big enough to have been caused by passing steamer.The watchers waited for almost half an hour in the hope that the monster (if such it was) would come to the surface again; but they had seen the last of it. Questioned as to the length of the beast, the lady stated that, judging by the state of the water in the affected area, it seemed to be many feet long.

It will be remembered that a few years ago, a party of Inverness anglers reported that, when crossing the loch in a rowing boat, they encountered an unknown creature, whose bulk, movements, and the amount of water displaced at once suggested that it was either a very large seal, a porpoise, or, indeed, the monster itself!

But the story, which duly appeared in the press, received scant attention, and less credence. In fact most of those people who were aired their views on the matter did so in a manner that bespoke feelings of the utmost scepticism.

It should be mentioned that, so far as is known, neither seals nor porpoises have ever been known to enter Loch Ness. Indeed, in the case of the latter, it would be utterly impossible for them to do so, and, as to the seals, it is the fact that though they have on rare occasions been seen in the River Ness, their presence in Loch Ness has never been definitely established.