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Monday, 3 March 2014

The G E Taylor film, Loch Ness, 1938

Forwarded from the Lake Monsters page on Facebook

The G E Taylor film, Loch Ness, 1938.

On May 29th, 1938, a South African tourist, GE Taylor, scored another film. It is the first color film of the Loch Ness monster . Taylor used a 16mm camera . At that time, when interviewed by newspapers , Taylor said:

" It was a very long and rounded body ending in a long neck that was about the only thing that stuck out , the rest of the body was about half a meter below the surface. Its color was a very dark almost black gray, was moving near the shore opposite Foyers and could see at a distance of about 200 meters. This was approximately 12:00 noon."

Then he went to find one of his friends and went to see the monster was still in the lake, even closer than before  150 meters away. Taylor resumed his camera and filmed again.

The entire film was sent to the writer Maurice Burton , who in turn referred it to the United Kyndom National Institute of Oceanography (now Southampton Oceanographic Centre) which found that it was " an inanimate object among many floating in the lake."

One of the few people who has seen the movie, and also have it in custody, is Maurice Burton. Unfortunately Burton has not let anyone analyze it which reduces its credibility .

Burton posted a picture on his book "The Elusive Monster" , before he retired . Dr. Roy P Mackall said that the photo was a "positive test " according to Janet and Colin Bord

 The witness' description seems to be correct, this looks like a long extension above water and more of the body just below the surface, but somewhat foreshortened from the angle and very blurry overall. However it is just possible what is being shown is something like the white line I have added to indicate it. This is of course going by my own bias in the matter and no doubt shall draw criticism from the skeptics. I should mention that this way is in agreement with the reports and with the Rines underwater "Body" photo. Burton says the limbs are barely visible moving below the water and this also seems to be true.

This is admittedly speculative and you are free to form your own opinions on the matter.


  1. I was interested by this photograph as well and had a very similar interpretation myself. It's another one of those alleged unknown aquatic animal photographs which takes on a silhouette similar to that of leatherback turtles. Interestingly, recent reconstructions of plesiosaurs often show them in such a surfacing configuration as well.

  2. Scott Mardis has a drawing of an impression from this film that he uses in his comparisons. It is probably waaaay more detailed than the view of the film would seem to warrant.


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