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The most famous part of the Caledonian Canal route is the long and skinny Loch Ness 22 miles long and over 700 feet deep It's essentially the vast Chasm of that Fault line filled with water they say Loch Ness contains more water than all The lakes of England and Wales combined Loch Ness is deepest near arkhart Castle While thoroughly ruined and little more Than an empty shell to climb through in Its medieval Heyday this strategically Situated Castle was one of the most Important in the highlands controlling Traffic along the great Clan Today so gloriously situated with a view Of virtually the entire Lake it's Extremely popular with tourists and the Perfect place to look for the Loch Ness Monster While the lake is frankly boring the Local tourist industry thrives on the Legend of the Loch Ness monster it is a Thrilling thought and there have been Several seemingly reliable sightings And of course there's a touristy exhibit That would love to tell the story The Loch Ness exhibition is spearheaded By scientist and naturalist Adrian shine Who spent decades studying the Nessie Phenomenon [Music] Adrian can you tell me the mission of This exhibition our mission is to be
Part of the essential sense of place we Are not a monster show but we will tell You a lot whether you like it or not About Scottish locks by arguing about The Loch Ness monster but we do it in a Fairly entertaining way I like to think Because we're talking about the one Thing we would all like to have in Loch Ness what we do is take you through the History of the search for an unusual Animal in Loch Ness in the 60s it was Surface surveillance with big telephoto Lens cameras having failed in the 70s we Went underwater Partly in my own little photographic Hide Michelle having failed to encounter A beast we resorted to sonar in the 1980s sort of underwater radar and we Built a flat pack sonar search vessel on A beach in 1981 Patrol up and down the Log Um to contact LED in the end to Operation deep scan in 1987 with the Fleet in the 90s we got a bit canny we Used an indirect method and we have been Ever since and it's general science what Could the locks support in terms of food Resources what do the temperatures tell Us about what could live in Loch Ness And finally we have the environmental Message in terms of the record within The Loch Ness sediments I would like our Visitors to go away thinking about what Could live in Loch Ness when we have
Explained Loch Ness go and see Loch Ness But if you want to understand it come Here and at the same time and above Everything We want them to go away knowing a lot More about Scottish locks