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ネス湖のモンスターに泳ぐ「象」説が浮上(BBC NEWS) ⇒ もう何でも好きなこと自由に言って【英文記事】
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投稿者 gataro 日時 2006 年 3 月 08 日 16:52:10: KbIx4LOvH6Ccw
 

正体不明のネス湖に出現するモンスター。実は遊泳を楽しむ「象さん」だと主張する科学者が現れた。グラスゴー大学のハンテリアン博物館・古生物学主事のニール・クラークさん。2年間ネッシーを調査して到達した結論らしい。インヴァネス(スコットランド北部の商業都市)に興行にきたサーカス一座が、他の動物とともによく象をネス湖の土手で休憩させたらしい。水中から出ている象の鼻と背中が、もっともよく知られているネッシーの写真の何枚かによく似ている、いうのだ。

以下は“BBC NEWS”の元記事である。

Elephant theory in Nessie search
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4779248.stm

Unexplained sightings of the Loch Ness monster could have been elephants enjoying a swim, a scientist has said.
Neil Clark, curator of palaeontology at Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum, spent two years researching Nessie.

He said they could have been circus elephants, as fairs visiting Inverness would often stop on the banks of Loch Ness to give the animals a rest.

The trunk and humps in the water would bear similarities to some of the most famous Nessie photographs.

There have been reported sightings of "something" in Loch Ness dating back to the 6th Century and it has grown into one of the world's most enduring myths.

Hazy photographs and eyewitness accounts have sprung up over the past 100 years, without offering conclusive evidence that Nessie exists.



I do believe there is something alive in Loch Ness
Neil Clark
Palaeontologist

Dr Clark said most sightings of Nessie could be explained by floating logs or waves.

But he is promoting the elephant theory because his research showed circuses were a common occurrence in the area, particularly from the early 1930s.

"The circuses used to take the road up to Inverness and allow their animals to have a rest, swim about in the loch and refresh themselves," he said.

"It's quite possible that the people around Loch Ness saw some of these animals.

"When their elephants were allowed to swim in the loch, only the trunk and two humps could be seen - the first hump being the top of the head and the second being the back of the animal.

"The elephant theory would not explain some of the later sightings. I don't know when the last circus to Inverness was, but I'm presuming there were some after 1933."

Asked whether he believed in the Loch Ness monster, Dr Clark said: "I do believe there is something alive in Loch Ness."

Dr Clark's findings are published in the Open University Geological Society journal this month.

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