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19th May '16 9:46:10 PM PaulA
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* The Loch Moose Monster in ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}''. The protagonist finds out what it really is early on, but takes inspiration from the original Nessie and encourages her friends at the Loch Moose Lodge to play it up as a mysterious tourist attraction, complete with deliberately fuzzy photographs and the like, because the people of Mirabile tend to be nervous around new species (with good reason in many cases) and she doesn't want anybody panicking and wiping it out before it has a chance to get established.
3rd May '16 2:00:17 PM margdean56
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* Steve Alten writes a lot of books with {{Sea Monster}}s. A recent novel, ''The Loch'', deals with, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. In a twist however, Nessie isn't a peaceful plesiosaur (it's pointed out that Nessie couldn't be a plesiosaur since if it was an air-breathing creature there's be a hell of a lot more sightings of it) but a giant eel with a taste for tourists. [[spoiler:Turns out it and several like it were put there by an ancient Scottish order, then trapped and brain-damaged by [[GaiasVengeance construction and pollution]]. That caused them to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow to an unnatural size]], broke their normal food chain, and turned them savage.]]

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* Steve Alten writes a lot of books with {{Sea Monster}}s. A recent novel, ''The Loch'', deals with, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. In a twist however, Nessie isn't a peaceful plesiosaur (it's pointed out that Nessie couldn't be a plesiosaur since if it was an air-breathing creature there's there'd be a hell of a lot more sightings of it) but a giant eel with a taste for tourists. [[spoiler:Turns out it and several like it were put there by an ancient Scottish order, then trapped and brain-damaged by [[GaiasVengeance construction and pollution]]. That caused them to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow to an unnatural size]], broke their normal food chain, and turned them savage.]]
3rd May '16 1:55:18 PM margdean56
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Ah, Nessie, ''Nessiteras rhombopteryx'', the Loch Ness Monster. Her mysterious allure and continuous camera shyness has led the Loch Ness Monster to inspire many other myths and urban legends of lake dwelling cryptids, as well as having legends of other lakes sneak back into her own. Many lakes around the world have had local stories about the secret monster that lives at the bottom and as the world was getting ready for the moving pictures, a lot of these separate myths consolidated into one shared stock trope about hidden lake creatures waiting to be found by open minded zoologists.

The creature is prone to travelling around the surface like an iceberg with a small section peeping out of the top, often making it cunningly indistinguishable from a log when seen by a Caledonian drunk, while its main body lies hidden beneath the bottom. Explanations often revolve around being some ancient or long lost creature found miles away from where it would be expected, locked in by changes of geography, in an ecology often far too small actually to support it unless it devoted itself to eating once a year and never breeding.

There is also often a plot that goes along with these beasts that decks the halls of SyFy Originals. Some idiot starts the plot by becoming kelpie chow, some low paid fringe scientist, with fewer peer-reviewed papers and far better looks than any normal scientist, will go or be forced out there to investigate alongside a gruff, no-nonsense local and a wacky comedy sidekick, daring to find the truth while being threatened with ridicule and/or group buggery by the other locals.

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Ah, Nessie, ''Nessiteras rhombopteryx'', the Loch Ness Monster. Her mysterious allure and continuous camera shyness has led the Loch Ness Monster to inspire many other myths and urban legends of lake dwelling lake-dwelling cryptids, as well as having legends of other lakes sneak back into her own. Many lakes around the world have had local stories about the secret monster that lives at the bottom bottom, and as the world was getting ready for the moving pictures, a lot of these separate myths consolidated into one shared stock trope about hidden lake creatures waiting to be found by open minded open-minded zoologists.

The creature is prone to travelling around the surface like an iceberg with a small section peeping out of at the top, often top (often making it cunningly indistinguishable from a log when seen by a Caledonian drunk, drunk) while its main body lies hidden beneath the bottom. surface. Explanations often revolve around its being some ancient or long lost long-lost creature found miles away from where it would be expected, locked in by changes of geography, in an ecology often far too small actually to support it unless it devoted itself to eating once a year and never breeding.

There is also often a plot that goes along with these beasts that decks the halls of SyFy Originals. Some idiot starts the plot by becoming kelpie chow, some low paid chow. Some low-paid fringe scientist, with fewer peer-reviewed papers and far better looks than any normal scientist, will go or be forced out there to investigate alongside a gruff, no-nonsense local and a wacky comedy sidekick, daring to find the truth while being threatened with ridicule and/or group buggery by the other locals.



A number of myths also have their creatures as helpful or at least sufficiently beautiful to not want to kill, so there's also a softer side to the trope where the creature will be friendly. The myths of Nessie being a Plesiosaur helps play into that being a slightly more friendly looking form than a giant eel or a floating turd.

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A number of myths also have their creatures as helpful or at least sufficiently beautiful to not want to kill, so there's also a softer side to the trope where the creature will be friendly. The myths of Nessie being a Plesiosaur helps help play into that that, being a slightly more friendly looking friendly-looking form than a giant eel or a floating turd.
25th Apr '16 5:02:55 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* The Literature/InCryptid series, utterly unsurprisingly, has a number of these. The first that the reader sees is the Michigan Lake Monster, which features prominently in the short story "Loch and Key." A second plesiosaur appears in the ColdOpen of ''Chaos Choreography,'' the pet of a trio of archaeology students from a Portland-area community college, whom [[DanceBattler Verity]] and her [[spoiler: husband]] [[DefectingForLove Dominic]] move from a city reservoir to a much more secluded lake high in the mountains.

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* The Literature/InCryptid series, utterly unsurprisingly, has a number of these. The first that the reader sees is the Michigan Lake Monster, which features prominently in the short story "Loch and Key." A second plesiosaur appears in the ColdOpen of ''Chaos Choreography,'' the pet of a trio of archaeology students from a Portland-area community college, whom [[DanceBattler Verity]] and her [[spoiler: husband]] [[DefectingForLove Dominic]] move from a city reservoir to a much more secluded lake high in the mountains. Specifically noted as not being ''sea'' monsters, as these are freshwater beasts and will quickly die if introduced to the ocean.
25th Apr '16 4:56:59 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* The Literature/InCryptid series, utterly unsurprisingly, has a number of these. The first that the reader sees is the Michigan Lake Monster, which features prominently in the short story "Loch and Key." A second plesiosaur appears in the ColdOpen of ''Chaos Choreography,'' the pet of a trio of archaeology students from a Portland-area community college, whom [[DanceBattler Verity]] and her [[spoiler: husband]] [[DefectingForLove Dominic]] move from a city reservoir to a much more secluded lake high in the mountains.
13th Apr '16 7:39:02 PM Theriocephalus
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For other rumored-to-be creatures in the "Nessie" vein, see OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious.

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For other rumored-to-be creatures in the "Nessie" vein, see OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious. See also TheCatfish.
10th Apr '16 3:07:20 PM Theriocephalus
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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' novel ''High Rhulain'' features the Slothunog. It's only on one page, but it makes up for it by [[MomentOfAwesome being the most awesome page in the book.]]

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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' novel ''High Rhulain'' features the reptilian Slothunog. It's only on one page, but it makes up for it by [[MomentOfAwesome being the most awesome page in the book.]]]] There's also the Deepcoiler in ''Salamandastron'', a giant carnivorous eel that lives in a great inland lake. The shrews thought it was a myth. They were wrong.



* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', there's the [[http://magiccards.info/soi/en/245.html Gitrog]], a monstrous froglike beast that appears in the short story [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/sacrifice-2016-03-23 Sacrifice]], haunting a mountain lake next to a village. The heroine thought it was a myth, [[spoiler:the villagers worshipped it. The villagers got eaten anyway and the girl ended up worshipping it too]].



* The ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' episode "The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula" sees the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' episode "The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula" [=McCastle=] [=McDuckula=]" sees the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.



* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Gobblewonker.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Gobblewonker. Nobody really believe it exists except for the main characters and Old Man [=McGucket=], the town loon. [[spoiler:It really doesn't, [=McGucket=] built a robotic monster for attention... [[DoubleSubverted except that the final shot shows a real Gobblewonker in the lake]].]]



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphalosaurus Hyphalosaurus]] was pretty much the closest equivalent to a real Nessie: it was a long-necked, completely aquatic freshwater reptile that lived in what was once a large lake in a temperate climate. Unfortunately, it lived in the early Cretaceous...though relatives might survived in Europe until the ice ages.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphalosaurus Hyphalosaurus]] was pretty much the closest equivalent to a real Nessie: it was a long-necked, completely aquatic freshwater reptile that lived in what was once a large lake in a temperate climate. Unfortunately, it lived in the early Cretaceous... though relatives might survived in Europe until the ice ages.



* [[http://www.lakecreature.com/ Minne the Lake Creature,]] a (statue, sadly) monster who "lives" in the lakes around Minneapolis.

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* [[http://www.lakecreature.com/ Minne the Lake Creature,]] Creature, a (statue, sadly) monster who "lives" in the lakes around Minneapolis.
25th Feb '16 11:15:21 AM MsChibi
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* In the first episode of ''Series/MonsterQuest, the suggestion that "Champ", or "The American Loch Ness Monster" could be a pleisiosaur is bandied about.

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* In the first episode of ''Series/MonsterQuest, the suggestion that "Champ", or "The American Loch Ness Monster" could be a pleisiosaur is bandied about. In another episode, they were searching for "Ogopogo," and they found what they believed was a dead baby Ogopogo...and it turned out to be [[spoiler: a decomposed salmon or trout fillet.]]
6th Feb '16 4:21:50 PM Granitoons
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* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' episode "The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula" see the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' episode "The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula" see sees the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.
6th Feb '16 4:21:35 PM Granitoons
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* Count Duckula episode "The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula" see the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.

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* Count Duckula ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' episode "The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula" see the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.
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