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Hoaxing, Loch Ness, And Money
The Debunking of George Edwards’ Famous Nessie Photo
By Dorraine Fisher
We don’t like to talk about it much, but monster mysteries are moneymakers. As long as the mystery of the monster exists, there is a whole world of marketable goods and services that surround it. Take the mystery away and we’re not so sure the money would keep flowing in so well. And one of these industries is tourism. Millions of dollars every year come from Bigfoot curiosity seekers in the Pacific Northwest, United States. But what if all the so-called evidence of a monster is hoaxed? And to what lengths will people go to keep a legend alive?
Hoaxing is rampant everywhere there are monster legends and the Loch Ness Monster is no different. A man named George Edwards waited some 26 years of watching the loch to get the perfect photo of Nessie. Or did he?
As he presented his photo (above) in 2012 to the press of a very clear hump protruding out of the water, he insisted it was the real deal. And many believed it…or at least wanted to believe it. But when rumors of hoaxing began to swirl, Edwards told the press he had already confessed it was a fake just a few days after he’d presented it. But strangely, no record of this confession was ever found.
"People come here for a holiday and a bit of fun," Edwards said. "I’m one of the people who has brought thousands of people to the Highlands over the years, and I can tell you they don’t come here for the science."
Edwards had been involved in the 2011 National Geographic documentary Truth Behind The Loch Ness Monster and had access to the carbon fiber fake hump they used in the film.
Edwards said he had spent most of his life on the loch. He said he’d spend 60 hours a week taking Nessie enthusiasts out on the loch on his boat every week, and had led many Nessie hunts over the years. And he claimed he still really believes there’s a monster lurking out there.
But Nessie sightings have been few and very far between over the years. And this is not exactly the best news for tourism around the loch. Was it his intention to stage a sighting to drum up business? Well, whatever his motivation for the hoax might have been, he managed to keep the public focused on the monster for a while longer. Maybe that’s all Nessie lovers needed for now.
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