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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Scott Mardis and the 2001 Nessie Carcass

This is the latest in the string of Scott Mardis' guest blogs done voluntarily and submitted to this blog. I am not necessarily endorsing his conclusions but giving him a platform to voice his opinions. I do not necessarily endorse any of the objects depicted below as representing either a form of recently surviving Plesiosaur or the Loch Ness Monster, although Scott's "carcass" photos do look more like a Plesiosaur than a seal to me. Since Dick Raynor is mentioned by name he shall be allowed to make a statement if he likes, but he must not direct his criticisms toward me the blog owner for printing this nor yet criticise anything other than Scott Mardis' statement made here. (Disclaimer)
Scott Mardis' statement is as follows, and he supports this statement by the attached images.
Dick Raynor tried to explain away the 2001 Nessie "carcass" as simply a dead grey or harbor seal, both of which are known to occasionally enter Loch Ness. This will not do, as the following photos demonstrate (see attachments).




  1. Having reviewed the video and noticed the twig and leaves just to the right of the object, I would estimate the width to be 4 to 6 inches, more consistent with a dead and headless fish, tail end nearest the camera, than a seal of either species. I now estimate the total length of the object to be 12 to 18 inches based on the leaves.

  2. As a secondary and perhaps better indicator of the objects size and distance from the ROV, the front bottom radius of the vehicle's right-hand skid can be seen in some of the frames you have published, and these can be compared with my own photographs of the vehicle at

    I would estimate the tube diameter at 2 inches and so the shadow cast on the sediment would be hardly any more than that. The nearest part of the object was only a few inches away from the camera lens which was tilted down much more than shown in my photos.

  3. Fair enough, I can accept your evaluation of the scale in the stills reprinted here


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