In the early twentieth century a number of expeditions were made into Africa and South America, investigating reports of surviving prehistoric animals. In 1917 it was rumoured that a baby plesiosaur had been caught and was being held captive somewhere in England. This picture has only recently been discovered…..
Of course not.
It is a picture of a trained sea lion, although it does look slightly prehistoric.
If you thought that it was quite convincing then consider this; over the last hundred years or so around at least a dozen sea lions have escaped from captivity or been deliberately released in European waters. No sea lion or fur seal species is indigenous to Europe and these families are morphologically very different in profile from the indigenous pinnipeds. During their freedom they are likely to have explored water-ways, rivers and in some instances ended up in lakes or loughs.
Do you see where I am going with this?
A full grown California sea lion reaches a length of around 8 ft. and has a head height of 5ft. The neck of sea lions is also well developed as it provides them with momentum for movement on land; they rotate their hind-flippers forward to achieve this and can reach speeds of 12 mph. This is a potential game changer for European lake monster explanations and even some sea serpents.
Imagine an escaped sea lion finding its way to Loch Ness in the early 1930s and temporarily becoming resident, think Arthur Grant or the Spicers….Watch the link below and imagine it is the middle of the night…