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Loch Ness Monster tour guide blasts myth-busters

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This undated file photo purports to show the legendary Loch Ness monster in Scotland. (AP Photo)

Tourists often flock to the supposed homes of legendary creatures -- and part of the appeal for many a Sasquatch seeker and Ogopogo observer is that maybe, just maybe, they may spot the beast.

That sense of possibility, however faint, is what Loch Ness Cruises' operator George Edwards considers the crux of his business in Drumnadrochit, Scotland. Edwards sparked controversy within the local chamber of commerce by criticizing those who describe the monster as a "myth."

"I believe they are doing more harm than good in promoting Loch Ness tourism with their negative theories," Edwards wrote in a letter to other members of the chamber, adding that visitors feel disappointed when they're told Nessie isn't real.

"How many people come here to see the Loch Ness Big Fish or the Loch Ness Big Wave?

According to The Scotsman, Edwards' complaint was spurred by the Loch Ness Centre's more practical approach to Nessie's story.

Tony Harmsworth, who used to head up the centre, countered that Edwards is "palming his customers off with fake photographs."

The battle has become so heated that some members of the chamber, including Harmsworth, have resigned.

"Today's tourists are more discerning," wrote Harmsworth in a letter that hit back at Edwards.
"They want to understand the culture, legend and natural history of the places they visit."

Much ado about Nessie

The Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie," is said to swim in the dark depths of the loch in northern Scotland.

The most famous 'evidence' for her existence was a 1934 photo, later debunked as a low-tech hoax, that showed a head and neck navigating through dark waters.

 A man who claims he saw B.C.'s Ogopogo. (CBC Archives) Still, throngs of tourists and locals swear they have seen something moving through those waters, and the local Nessie industry is built from such tales.

Canada is also full of stories about elusive monsters, legendary loot, mystical creatures and other local lore.

CBC Archives held on to the following 1980 report on Ogopogo, B.C.'s 'bashful monster.'

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