The Irish lake video appears to have started a controversy. In case you missed it here is a news paper report about it:
SCIENTISTS believe this incredible footage could show a mysterious monster lurking beneath one of the deepest lakes in the
This is not the first report by an organisation of a large creature in the lake- see this from Jan 2004:
Lough Ree may have been the first lake in
see the full report here it includes sonar readings :http://www.charr.org/news/muckrossmonster.htm
The original video and comments from The CFZ team and others can be seen here:
John Downes and his fellow researchers who shot the video have been abused and ridiculed by some. This is why nothing ever gets discovered or concrete evidence produced because most of the cryptozoology community are too busy being self important and wanting to be the only one whose opinion is valid. They ought to stop and take a long hard look at themselves, these critics , and think about where they are coming from. If they stopped preening them selves for a moment they might see the damage they are doing. I am not saying they have to be totally open minded about everything that comes along, after all if a mind is completely open stuff falls out, but having a totally closed mind to anything but your own opinions is worse. A closed mind is like a steel trap and will ensnare you just as easily. Any new evidence or sightings of possible cryptids is exciting and should be viewed as needing investigation and not just dismissed. Whether the phenomena in the lake turn out to birds , waves or unknown creatures, a lot is still learnt from it. If it is some thing explainable then in the future we will know to remove it from the equation. To send abusive messages to Jon Downes and his friends /colleagues at CFZ is unforgivable and should not be tolerated in the Cryptozoology community, sadly however some of those messages of criticism came from so called leading lights in cryptozoology. The internet also means cowards can remain anonymous and post abusive remarks and get away with it. Jon Downes is an honest person and he filmed something in that lake. Whatever it turns out to be , as evidenced by his comments on the CFZ blog, he will be quite willing to have the film scrutinised and evaluated and listen to reasoned debate. That shows to me he is genuine. When people refuse to produce negatives or allow films to be examined that is when you hesitate to believe. Unfortunately the lesson learnt from this vitriolic back lash means less people will be willing to come forward with photos or films for fear of being treated in the same nasty fashion. I hope the protagonists read this and are ashamed but I doubt it some how.
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