The Loch Ness monster has long been known to be a hoax, while another sequel to the King Kong franchise is likely to be a multimillion-dollar flop.
But put these two 20th century icons together, and you may be looking at a whole new blockbuster.
New research from Columbia University suggests that it was King Kong that gave birth to Nessie, as the prehistoric creature that allegedly inhabits the famous lake in the Scottish Highlands is endearingly called.
What author Daniel Loxton is saying is that the sightings of the monster in northern Scotland were triggered by the release of the 1933 classic, which featured not only the colossal gorilla but also his nemesis, a long-necked, hump-backed lake creature resembling Nessie, reports Daily Mail.
Loxton notes that the first reported sighting of the monster, identified as a plesiosaur or a marine dinosaur that existed during the Jurassic period, was made by London resident George Spicer in August 1933, exactly the time when the movie King Kong was playing to packed cinemas in Britain.
“Previous witnesses had reported splashes or humps in the water, but Spicer reported a close-up view of a long-necked creature that could have been lifted right off King Kong’s Skull Island,” says the author.
“Spicer’s yarn gave rise to many other sightings, making the ‘plesiosaur’ a favorite explanation for Nessie throughout the 20th Century.”
The following year, a photograph of the Loch Ness monster made headlines around the world. It became the definitive image of Nessie until the 1990s, when hoax hunters showed that it had been created by attaching a cut-out dinosaur head to a toy submarine, the newspaper notes.
Marine biologist Adrian Shine, who has studied the Loch for more than 40 years, backs Loxton’s explanation.
“I believe that King Kong was the main influence behind the ‘Jurassic Park’ hypothesis at Loch Ness. Before Spicer’s sighting there were no long-neck reports at all,” he says.
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