I understand why we hate to say such a creature no longer swims in Earth’s waters.
Scientists have unveiled a monster that would make Nessie blush: a 13-foot-long reptile that
ruled the seas 170 million years ago… the Storr Lochs Monster.”
The ichthyosaur was a predator, a fast marine reptilian that excites our imaginations – and hopes. Sort of a Jurassic dolphin, though not a mammal. Suppose you could discover such a creature – even as a fossil.
An amateur fossil collector … noticed something strange jutting out of the rocks: strings of vertebrae that looked like stacks of chocolate-brown ashtrays.”
Sadly the discoverer died before the fossil was extracted from the very-hard rock matrix that held it. I wonder what he saw when he closed his eyes and imagined his fossil swimming through ancient seas?
I usually think of the cryptid Nessie as more of a serpent – long and thin – that decades of searching has failed to find. Better a fossil in the hand.
Thanks to nationalgeographic.com