Loch Ness Monster Causes Political Stir

    June 15, 2013

Arguments over the promotion of the mythical Loch Ness Monster have led to recriminations and resignations from the Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce in Scotland.

According to a report from The Scotsman, George Edwards, skipper for the Loch Ness Cruises company, resigned from the chamber of commerce this week in protest over how “Nessie,” as the monster is sometimes referred to, is being promoted. Two other chamber members have also resigned, including, Tony Harmsworth, the editor of the chamber’s website.

Harmsworth resigned after being forced to un-publish an article critical of Edwards. He accuses Edwards of using fake pictures to promote the Loch Ness Monster myth.

Edwards sent a resignation letter to the chamber detailing his grievances. His issues stem mainly from how the Loch Ness Centre in Drumnadrochit is promoting the Loch Ness Monster to tourists. Edwards complains that the organization is being “negative” about the monster, which is to say, skeptical. He accuses researchers of being too scientific in their approach to Nessie research. Edwards took particular issue with a rival businessman and researcher Adrian Shine, who he believes is harming Loch Ness tourism with practical theories such as “big fish and big waves.”

Shine told The Scotsman that Edwards is upset over his declining business. He went on to accuse Edwards of not believing in the Loch Ness Monster either, and stated that The Loch Ness Centre’s investigations bring respect to Loch Ness.

(via The Scotsman)