Bigfoot and Nessie

My Favorite Mythical Creatures

By Jeff Salter

Before I explain how I can’t select just ONE creature to discuss today, let’s get something straight about the term “mythical.” If you find 100 people who DON’T believe griffins, unicorns, and flying dragons ever existed… I can find 5 who either believe it or think it was possible. Let’s call those critters the most mythical of the mythical. Now, if you can find 100 people who DON’T believe that Nessie, Bigfoot, and Leprechauns existed… I can probably find 40 who either believe they did (and do) or at least think it is possible. Let’s call those creatures the least mythical of the mythical.

I make that distinction because my “favorite” creatures of the unproven variety are those which could very easily have existed in generations past… and may even exist as we speak.

Nessie and other Sea Serpents

Nessie is one of the few with a name and certainly has garnered more publicity since she (or her generational offspring) have existed in a fixed body of water… with no chance of escape to the open sea. Those who believe Nessie exists (or has existed) often agree that one possibility for her identity could be a plesiosaur who got trapped in that Scottish loch after the northern inlet somehow closed-up (geologically).

plesiosaurus

I can’t swear Nessie is a plesiosaur, but I know there have been reports of other sea “serpents” in nearly every other ocean or large sea since such reports have been handed down. It’s logical for ancient sailors to have seen a creature they’d never before encountered and characterized it as a “serpent”… especially if it’s long and snake-like, as a prehistoric eel might be. And literature has examples of famous creatures, which may very well be something like a serpent or a something-saur. Take Beowulf, for instance, who (after battling a monster named Grendel and Grendel’s kin) took issue with a fierce dragon (sometimes called a “worm”). Even the Bible has its Behemoth… which some consider a dinosaur-type sea creature.

All this is to say: the oceans are vast and deep… and (incredibly) with many areas still comparatively unexplored. Who’s to say which critters lurk in those depths… and what form they might take?

Summary: I like Nessie and her distant kin because I think it’s still possible some of them – whatever actual creatures all the sightings and accompanying legends were based upon – may still exist somewhere.

Bigfoot

I wish our alternate Fox, Joselyn Vaughn, were here this week, because I think she’s writing a book which features a search for Bigfoot.

Bigfoot

I’ve been fascinated by the Bigfoot critter – and his many (tall, powerful, bi-pedal, ape-like) cousins, all over the world – since I was a kid in junior high school. There are about as many sightings of the Yeti, Sasquatch, Bigfoot, et al as there have been of Nessie and her aquatic kin.

Lots of similarities in the reports from different regions of the world… enough commonalities that it’s easy to see how remote areas of various unpopulated regions could support the on-going existence of tall, powerful, bi-pedal, ape-like critters that (so far) defy capture and classification.

And I guess that’s one of the things which draws me to the Sasquatch “family” of critters — in North America the sightings are not confined to the Pacific northwest (even though many are indeed concentrated there). Who’s to say there aren’t any Bigfoot cousins living in the wilds of North Dakota, the remote areas of Appalachia… or even the outskirts of Possum Trot?

Skeptics and Hoaxers

Now let me say a word about the people who are HARMING the advancement of factual information about both the Nessie family and the Bigfoot family of critters. Too many skeptics – who are entitled to their opinions, bless them… and I won’t presume to attempt to sway them – are far too eager to quash any serious research. They struggle mightily to quickly dismiss even the most credible sightings and reports… and ridicule those who reported those sightings. And therefore the most promising cases are often lumped in with the ones which are obviously nothing more than surface waves (in Nessie’s case) or escaped zoo apes (in Bigfoot’s case).

And I have nothing but disdain for those who perpetuate hoaxes about these, or any other critters which we are trying to learn the truth about. I group hoaxers along with vandals and reckless drivers — their main “thrill” is to make things worse for everybody else. If they can’t enjoy something, then wreck it so nobody else can.

Question:

Do YOU believe it’s possible – not necessarily proven, but merely possible – that creatures (which scientists have not yet classified or studied) could live in the deep seas? And that critters (which scientists have not yet classified or studied) could reside in the deep, remote, forested wilderness?

If so, then you’re in my camp — not willing to dismiss the possibility and quite willing to examine compelling facts or evidence from credible multiple witnesses.

[JLS # 400] — corrected

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About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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23 Responses to Bigfoot and Nessie

  1. I tell folks I don’t believe in Bigfoot, but I do believe in the possibility of bigfoot. And I have a finished story about to come out starring a family of them. Besides, we KNOW they did exist in the form of Gigantopithicus, which is not mythical but merely (and allegedly) extinct.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I’ll be eagerly awaiting that story, Bill. And your stance is one I admire: not convinced, but open to the possibility. The views I disdain are those which say, “I haven’t seen it, so it couldn’t possibly exist.”
      Where has our scientific curiosity gone?
      My favorite response to that latter group is that the gigantic Ape of sub-Sahara Africa was widely thought to be a myth of terrified villagers… until the late 1800s. Or some such date. Since then, Jane Goodall dated one. Well, you know what I mean.

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  2. Joselyn says:

    You know you had me at Bigfoot! He is my favorite. I think he could exist. Too many people have seen something. Hopefully my Bigfoot novel is coming out soon. We are nearing the end of the edits.

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  3. jbrayweber says:

    I fall into the skeptic camp. But I’m not one who would squash any real research and/or evidence. Anything is possible. I’d like some plausible explanation (like in Nessie’s case). But for me, it’s sort of like ghosts. I have never encountered one so I can’t claim they are real. On the flip side, I don’t believe aliens built the pyramids, but I’d be foolish to think we are the only intelligent beings in the universe.
    BTW…I would love to have pet griffins, unicorns, and dragons. How cool would that be?

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      that’s a good balance, Jenn — willing to consider plausible explanations and examine further serious evidence.
      As for pets, I’d be too skeered to have a griffin or dragon. After all, I watched the movie Gremlins — if that was the one where the pet was cute and cuddly until it got exposed to water or light.
      My point being: dragons are essentially wild creatures and therefore — no matter that some of them talk like Sean Connery — they are subject to reverting to instinctive wild behavior at any moment. Pet Dragon unhappy with the kibble you put down? Zoom! Zap! Your living room is now a charred cinder and Drago is heading into town to hunt for a tasty virgin to devour.

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  4. WOW,Jeff. I haven’t heard anyone else take a reasonable stance on these creatures. Through my life-long observations, it seems to me that if enough people have talked about something for long enough, there must be some basis to it. What some if the lore is based on may be far from what it developed into, but there was some basis to it.
    As for Nessie and other like creatures spotted in other large lakes around the world, (that don’t get as much press), I lean toward plesiosaurs,too. Not that I don’t believe in adaptation,but I think that much of the preached versions of evolution makes no sense, I wonder if proving Nessie and others are still around will throw their versions of the world off.(I don’t know why, since they claim that nautili and many other creatures haven’t changed.)
    Too many people in relatively recent years have seen Bigfoot-like creatures. They were seen so much at one time that they put on the books in Washington and local areas around that it was illegal to kill one.
    Very good post.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks. I had originally intended to include a few statistics about sightings of both the Nessie-type and Bigfoot-type critters — all over the world — but ran out of time. [Plus, the blog was already running long.] This week has been crazy.

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Great post. I agree with the “doubtful, but possible” stance, especially for Nessie. There are SO many species in the ocean, and since water covers more of earth’s surface than land, it’s entirely possible she’s hiding somewhere. I prefer not to think about the possibility of Bigfoot.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      And that’s a position I can respect and appreciate. It used to be called an “open mind” but lately that description seems more to fit people who have no information or opinions whatsoever and only believe (and repeat) what they’re told to.
      As for Bigfoot… wait till we read Joselyn’s book — then we’ll all be believers!

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    • You don’t have to worry,Patty, they won’t come looking for you.Bigfoot (s? Bigfeet?)/ Sasquatches probably dislike humans as much as you dislike animals!

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I’m in your camp, Jeff. I certainly think it’s possible.

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  7. JC Jacobson says:

    I’m in your camp as well. I think that the ocean is far too vast for us to have explored every nook at cranny yet (especially the DEEEEP parts).
    I read an excerpt from a German U-boat captains log once about a creature that was blown to the surface for a few moments after his boat torpedoed a ship. Germans are generally very pragmatic folks, and U-boat captains probably even more so. I have no doubt that the captain honestly recorded what he thought he was seeing. Stuff like that is pretty interesting.
    I’m with you

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I’d love to read the account by that U-boat captain. Wonder if he got any photos through his periscope camera?
      With more and more remote diving pods and cameras… and all the wireless technology, I’m sure the newest generation of humans will learn a lot more about the creatures of the deep.
      It still amazes me that modern day explorers found the Titanic, the Bismark, and numerous other ships of countries far and wide.

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      • JC Jacobson says:

        I agree, but I’ll let more adventurous souls do the exploring with all the new technology. In the days of Vespucci, Magellen, Shackleton, etc, I would have been one of the ones on the wharf waving and wishing them Godspeed!
        I’ll see if I can dig up that U-boat log entry.

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        • Jeff Salter says:

          I’ve read a few books (and several articles) about Shackleton’s various endeavors… as well as viewing several films on him and Scott. I really enjoyed the Kenneth Brannaugh iteration of Shackleton. And no, I would NOT have gone with him. A person would have to be crazy…

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  8. I love mythical creatures, though as a scientist I have to be sceptical when I talk out loud about them!
    I’m not sure Bigfoot could escape proper sightings with go-pro cameras and trail cams and the like if there really were any. If they can capture sightings of snow leopards in the vast Himalayas, they should have caught something better than the videos from the 60s by now.
    But I like to play the game of what would this be like if they really existed. I wrote a trilogy about the basis for the werewolf myth, describing how they were probably victims of the usual human prejudice and fear of the tribes who kept themselves to themselves.
    I spent a week in Fort Augustus back in the 90s and hitched a lift with a local ecologist who explained to me why there’s not enough food in the Loch for a population of large predators to exist. A few years ago I wrote my novel The Ecology of Lonesomeness about an ecologist (from the Pacific Northwest, incidentally) who is studying the Loch. It gives what I hope is a convincing zoologist’s hypothesis of what might be/have been, and how a plesiosaur could perhaps survive yet – and what a biologist might do if he found solid evidence of it.
    I know a few people who have seen Leprechauns in their day, too, As everyone knows, they’re sly little rascals who don’t like to be seen if they can avoid it – but the eyes of a child are faster than those of adults. Unfortunately, when kid tell us they see things we aren’t prepared to understand, we dismiss their infantile ramblings and get on with our day! I wrote a children’s book, Peter and the Little People, about the a boy who meets some. Turns out, they’re not rascals at all, just wardens of the countryside trying to get along without humans destroying everything in the name of “progress.”

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