South London residents had a shock this week after the Loch Ness Monster was apparently spotted in a lake in Wimbledon.
Bats, birds, fish, invertebrates, and the European eel are among the myriad of species that thrive in Wimbledon Park Lake, according to local conservation group Friends of Wimbledon Park.
And although the group acknowledge the lake as an “important habitat for a diversity of wildlife,” they hadn’t included monsters on the list.
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But what appeared to be London’s very own “Nessie” was spotted in Wimbledon Park Lake last Thursday (January 20), sparking rumours among shocked residents.
One resident managed to snap a photograph of the apparent monster, before sharing it on Facebook with the caption: “Nessie in Wimbledon Park Lake.”
The photo taken at dawn captured an eerily familiar image, with what appeared to be the silhouette of the infamous humped back and long neck of the notorious Loch Ness monster emerging from the water.
But despite the likeness, the photo was taken a long way from the Scottish Highlands – in an urban lake in Merton.
“My goodness” exclaimed one shocked Londoner when they caught sight of the photo.
“Monster,” declared someone else.
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One Scottish resident, who seemed particularly pleased with the sighting, wrote: “On behalf of all Invernessians living in London, I can confirm that we endorse this message.”
Following the publication of the first famous image in the Scottish press in 1934, the legend of the Loch Ness monster gained traction and attracted a whole host of theories.
The apparent sighting was plagued with claims that it was in fact a hoax, a doctored photograph, or other theories of the widespread misidentification of mundane objects.
It wasn’t long before Londoners were offering their own similar theories about the Wimbledon Park sighting.
“That’s an escaped elephant,” commented one person, adding, “Anyone missing any?”
Other Londoners suggested the image must be “another dumped Boris bike” or else a “shopping trolley”.
“F****** wild swimmers!” was one person’s theory.
“They’re everywhere these days,” someone added.
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