Origins of the Loch Ness monster?

10 Oct

I received an email yesterday showing two ostriches swimming in the sea off the coast of South Africa at a small fishing village of Yzerfontein. I got to wondering if there many years ago someone living close to Loch Ness may have had an ostrich that escaped and swam to freedom across the loch? The picture of the ostriches showing just their necks and head sticking out could to one not familiar with an ostrich look like a monster swimming in the loch!

Just joking!! Here are three of the pictures I received. It is interesting to note that an ostrich does not have webbed feet like ducks, so those legs of them must have been treading water at an astronomical rate πŸ™‚ A thought also crossed my mind, in this area there are plenty of sharks to be found. Were they too confused by these large birds swimming in the sea to actually attack them and have an easy meal?


two ostriches swimming in sea


Using the slipway to walk out of the sea



Walking away quite normally back to the bush nearby!

Yzerfontein is a small harbour town with about 1200 inhabitants on the west coast of South Africa about 90 km north of Cape Town. The main sources of income are tourism, and fishing


Posted by on 10/10/2012 in Envioronment, Humour, Photo, South Africa


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16 responses to “Origins of the Loch Ness monster?

  1. Marco

    10/10/2012 at 06:48

    Hahanow I’ve seen it all! The sharks have probably heard that their kick is lethal πŸ™‚

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:40

      just as some other sharks heard that Morne’s kick is lethal and found out it wasn’t really so πŸ™‚

      • Marco

        12/10/2012 at 04:17


  2. 68ghia

    10/10/2012 at 06:59

    Some things would have to be seen to be believed πŸ˜‰

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:38

      I agree. And learning or seeing something new everyday makes it worth getting up everyday.

  3. Ruth2Day

    10/10/2012 at 07:19

    I think you are on to something there. Maybe Nessie is a prehistoric Ostrich

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:36

      Did see a picture of a giant prehistoric bird looking similar to an ostrich, but a lot larger.
      They were an easy target for the larger dinosaurs and this is why they didnt survive. And swimming didnt help either.

  4. Pussycat44

    10/10/2012 at 07:25

    Interesting! I wonder what salted ostrich tastes like πŸ˜‰

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:33

      Pretty good:) I am rather partial to ostrich biltong. Must be dry though.

  5. optie

    10/10/2012 at 09:58

    What an amazing sight – could be you are on to something re the LN monster

  6. colonialist

    10/10/2012 at 12:19

    Do you remember what a neat job of evisceration those ostrich toes can do? Any attacking shark might get a rude shock.

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:25

      You are totally right. I recall a hunter being kicked once and dying within a few minutes of massive internal damage. Maybe we need to wait and see what washes up on the beaches πŸ™‚

      • colonialist

        11/10/2012 at 21:28

        Hmmm. If one could work out how to get everything to hang together, what a great way to mass-produce sushi!

  7. Leanne Cole

    10/10/2012 at 22:43

    I had no idea that they could swim. What a funny site it must have been.

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:18

      Don’t feel lonely. I think most people associate them with dry parts of the country and would have laughed at the thought of an ostrich swimming. Thank goodness for photographs!

  8. Lisaman

    27/10/2012 at 18:50

    Omw how funny is that…a quick dip in the sea….


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