The first UFO sighting dates back to the year 74BC. In those first centuries there have been several witnesses who claimed to have seen silvery objects coming from the sky. Obviously there are no visual recordings of these. The first image of what people believed to be aliens dates from 1883, and ever since then we have seen many form of proof that we are visited by other life forms. Up to last year. It’s fascinating, really. But what is also fascinating is that there are places on our own earth where we have never been yet. We don’t know what it looks like and we don’t know what lives there. Places like the bottom of the ocean. And the bottom of Loch Ness.
With 56.4 km2 (21.8 sq mi) Loch Ness isn’t the largest fresh water lake in Scotland, but with a depth of 230 meters (755 ft) is certainly is the deepest. Still it isn’t undoable to explore the entire lake once would think. Especially with the modern scientific instruments we have nowadays. So how is it possible we still do not know for sure whether there is an unidentified creature living in the depths of the lake or not? Sightings of what we so disrespectfully call the monster of Loch Ness date back all the way to 565AD and there have been hundreds of witnesses who claimed to have seen the creature since then. That by itself makes it already hard to believe there is only one. If so it must be unbelievably old by now. So are we dealing here with a family of large water animals or with a myth? And if there are several and they really are that large, how come we never really found any unbeatable proof if their existence?
Believe it or not but each year new life forms are discovered on our planet. And I’m not just talking about cellular existences or fungus. Since 2000 we have discovered an average of 36 new mammals by year, which is amazing if you think about it. We are gazing so far up the skies, or over gray waters hoping something with surface that we believe to be there, just to proof a myth, that we seem to forget that there is so much beauty to be discovered around us. Most of them rare and critically endangered, which is obviously the reason why we didn’t see them before. And other simply because they choose to live in solitude, far from us, the curious and dangerous beings that could be a threat to them They live their lives in their own ecosphere. Sometimes we might catch a glimpse because they accidentally show themselves, but that doesn’t mean they are ready to come out. And that is maybe the beauty of it all. To let them be and to know they might or might not be there. Maybe we should just be happy when we can catch that glimpse and cherish the memory of it instead of digging deeper. –BM-
Cover photography: Jeff Brewster. Model: Matt.
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