On any other stretch of water it probably wouldn’t garner a second glance. But this is monster territory.
Footage of a shadowy figure briefly emerging from the depths of Loch Ness has once again fuelled speculation that its legendary resident is alive and well.
Grainy footage has emerged showing a long and thin shape swaying in the water that bears a striking resemblance to Nessie’s fabled slender neck.
The video shows the object waving in the choppy water, around 500ft from the loch’s shore.
It was captured by Richard Collis – who counts himself amongst the most ardent Nessie cynics after years of fishing on the waters without a sighting.
But the tree planter was so taken aback by the mysterious shape he noticed while driving along the edge of the loch that he filmed it on his iPhone, and believes he might have stumbled upon the real deal.
Denmark’s Council for Independent Research (DFF) will contribute some 2.5 million kroner (US$428,000) into funding research on a fictional troll – an underground being which exists in popular myth on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.
The troll in question – Krølle Bølle – is the national troll of the island. He has had fans since 1946, when his legend was devised by writer Ludvig Mahler. However, a prior legend told of an underground being, upon which Bølle might have been based.
Lars Christian Kofoed Rømer, the researcher who has been granted the funding, wants to explore the impact of the folk tale on the physical environment of the island. He previously studied ghosts, focusing two years of work on them before moving onto trolls.
Nine PhD projects of the same cost will be funded.
“It should not be a discussion about whether the underground exists or not, but a story about how we are attached to a place,” Rømer told Danish broadcasting service DrDk.
Krølle Bølle merchandise has been a favorite among tourists on the island, and its image is just as prevalent among locals as the Little Mermaid is in Copenhagen.
The island’s tourism website calls Krølle Bølle the ‘national troll of Bornholm.’ He apparently comes out every night to take part in exciting adventures.
“It can be creatures – most people are familiar with Krølle Bølle, a popularized version of natural being – and there can be special places in the nature that have unique vibes,” Rømer said.
The Local Denmark approached DFF’s chairman of the board, Peter Munk Christiansen, for comment but he did not speak about specific projects. However, he told Politiken that DFF has a broad definition of what constitutes a useful study.
Well, experts think this may be the first sighting of a raccoon roaming free on Tyneside.
The furry mammal, usually found in North America, was spotted by a surprised jogger in Wallsend on Friday morning.
Wildlife experts believe it is the first recorded sighting of the wild beast in the area.
Tom Hughes, 22, was running through the grounds of Wallsend Hall at around 7am when something caught his eye.
He said: “I was running along and came across this curious creature.
“At first I thought it was a badger but its unusual facial markings made me think it was a raccoon.
“It was big and stocky, but very placid and didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere.”
Tom, who lives in Howdon, near Wallsend, is training to be in the Navy.
He said he hasn’t seen anything like this before but hoped to raise some awareness of the creature being out there.
When Peter Hammond started breeding parrots at his home, he didn’t expect a squawk of protest from his neighbours.
His rural property was a noisy pig farm until recently, and there are other farms in the area. But his hobby has split the village – with angry neighbours complaining of sleepless nights and stress.
Now Mr Hammond’s critics appear to have won the battle to have the birds removed, after the local council ruled he had to rehome all of them within six months.
The menu includes crickets and wax worms on toothpick skewers for dipping in a fountain of melted chocolate, along with “tarsal toffee” made with bug legs and mealworms and fudge infused with crickets and marshmallows.
What looked like a Halloween trick was actually an array of treats being served up Saturday at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans.
The 23,000-square-foot facility is the largest free-standing museum in the United States dedicated to insects. It houses thousands of live bugs, including beetles, cockroaches, wasps, bees, ants and termites. It also has a butterfly exhibit created to resemble a Japanese garden.
Insect-infused cuisine is also a huge draw. Thousands annually visit the museum’s Bug Appetit kitchen, where six-legged critters and worms are cooked and served.