“Monsters of the Deep” on Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved
The S1/Ep06 episode of Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved focused on unidentified and unconfirmed aquatic cryptids reported in Loch Ness, Scotland; Lake Champlain, Vermont; and Vancouver Island, Canada. Reports of creatures in all three locations were largely based on eyewitness observations, occasionally accompanied by a blurry photograph taken at some distance.
Sightings of the celebrated Loch Ness Monster date back to the 6th century, and the series touched upon two recent observations reported in 2003 and 2010. Both were of course inconclusive, with one recent image discounted by experts as likely light reflections on the water. The notion that the Loch Ness creature was a plesiosaur was also briefly considered, but dismissed by experts as being very unlikely.
Acoustics were used by a vessel profiled in the Lake Champlain segments that hoped to capture echolocation sounds. While a couple of rapping sounds were heard, they were not thought to be bioacoustic in origin. Likewise no confirming evidence was found of the creature reported to frequent the waters off Vancouver Island, Canada.
As it was pointed out, any reported site of a water monster would not be comprised of a single individual, but rather have to have a breeding population of perhaps fifty or more specimens for a population to be viable and capable of continuing its existence. Investigations will continue at all three sites profiled, likely for the foreseeable future…