Professor indicates Loch Ness monster might have actually been whale's penis
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For decades, people have speculated over the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
Is it real? Is it fake? Is it really a monster, or is it just some giant fish or eel that's been repeatedly misidentified?
According to one scientist, it might just be a penis.
I'm sure we've all heard jokes comparing penises to snakes or eels, but I'm not talking about a human penis - chances are you'd have a tough time spotting one of those floating about in a murky loch from a distance.
Instead, marine biology expert Michael Sweet believes sea monsters, like Nessie, might have become part of our lore after an explorer or traveller came across a whale d*ck.
The researcher shared pictures purporting to show Nessie and wrote: “Back in [the] day, travellers/explorers would draw what they saw.
“This is where many sea monster stories come from ie. tentacled and alienesque appendages emerging from the water - giving belief to something more sinister lurking beneath....however, in many cases it was just whale d***s."
You might think it would be hard to miss the giant whale attached to the other end of the penis, but if the explorers thought they were looking at a legit sea monster, maybe they just overlooked that detail?
Sweet continued: “Whales often mate in groups so while one male is busy with the female the other male just pops his d*** out of the water while swimming around waiting his turn.
“Everyone’s gotta have a bit of fun, right? One female whale is typically paired with a primary escort (male) and a group of males will try to fight for their right to overthrow the escort and earn mating rights.
“A competition pod can have just a handful of whales or a larger group of 12-15."
Obviously, Sweet's theory comes with the small caveat that there would have to be a whale in Loch Ness in order for someone to spot its penis in there, but given that we actually know whales exist, it's probably a stronger theory than some of the others.
Interest in the Loch Ness monster peaked back in the 1930s after an infamous photo emerged allegedly featuring the creature, but sightings of it date back to as early as the sixth century.
More than 1,000 reports have been made since records have been kept, but we're yet to capture Nessie in action. Though, if it does turn out to be a whale penis, you might not want to.