Loch Ness Monster expert reveals Science and Sea Monsters at the Fisheries Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 March 2013

Exhibition preview: Science and Sea Monsters, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, until May 5 2013

An image of a black and white drawing of a multi-tentacled sea creature near a boat
The Surgeon's Photograph, published in April 1934, is thought to have been taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson
Could the slippery myths and legends of the great sea serpent and the kraken realistically exist? Dr Charles Paxton, a University of St Andrews statistical geologist, has spent the past 16 years pursuing the hard science between reports of aquatic monsters.

The Loch Ness Monster is among the subjects of the four scientific papers the fish biology doctor has published. And for this exploratory show he’s worked with Dr Robert Holland, producing a series of panels alongside specimens from the institution’s Bell-Pettigrew Museum and the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s resident collections.

Some of the conclusions – partially outlined by Paxton in a public lecture accompanying the exhibition last weekend – have raised eyebrows. The truth is in here.

  • Open 10am-5.30pm (11am-5pm Sunday). Admission £6/£5 (free for under-16s). Follow the museum on Twitter @scotfishmuseum.
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