A Loch Ness Monster researcher hopes to raise enough funds to purchase an ancient plesiosaur skeleton to display at the famed tourist destination.
Perhaps tired of Nessie-seeking visitors missing out on the elusive beast, Gary Campbell of the Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register conceived of the concept when he saw that such a skeleton will be going up for auction later this month.
"It would be like returning Nessie home," he marveled to the Sunday Post, explaining that the plesiosaur would ideally be put on display in a glass case at the edge of the loch.
From that vantage point, Campbell said, visitors could juxtapose the aquatic dinosaur bones with the water behind it and envision a world in which the creature once called the loch home.
Ironically, most Nessie researchers concede that the cryptid, if one exists in the loch today, is almost certainly not a remnant plesiosaur.
However, Campbell mused to the newspaper that "there’s every possibility that she’s descended from creatures like the one that’s now for sale."
Additionally, a more realistic representation of Nessie, such as the skeleton of an eel or some other prosaic sea creature would likely either confuse or disappoint tourists because, as Campbell put it, "in most people’s minds, this is what the Loch Ness monster would look like."
Considerations surrounding how the skeleton would be displayed and interpreted pale in comparison, of course, to the challenge of simply procuring it as the plesiosaur is expected to net its seller nearly $40,000 when it goes on sale.
And with just a few short weeks to scrape together the funds, purchasing the skeleton seems to be almost as daunting a challenge as capturing the real Nessie, but Campbell hopes that that public interest can help generate the funds needed to make it happen.
Otherwise, the researcher's vision for "a celebration of one of the world’s great mysteries" may wind up vanishing in the blink of an eye as the creature so often does.