I happened upon an article in Live Science today that caught my eye. The article spoke of Ichthyosaurs and how they ruled the prehistoric waters in present-day Scotland. The following is an excerpt from the article:
Found on a beach in 1966 near the SSE Storr Lochs Power Station by the facility’s manager, Norrie Gillies, the fossil is the most complete skeleton of a Jurassic-era, sea-living reptile that has ever been found in Scotland.
The ancient reptile, which belongs to an extinct family of marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs, measured around 13 feet (4 meters) in length. It had a long, pointed head filled with hundreds of cone-shaped teeth. According to researchers, ichthyosaurs thrived in prehistoric seas, feeding on fish and squid.
Reading this piece reminded me of a creature that I covered in my first book. The creature is known as Smetty, named after the lake in which it dwells, Lake De Smet, Wyoming. Many people who believe that Smetty exists have theorized that the creature could actually be an ichthyosaur—a “holdover” from the remote past that has survived into the present age. This is unlikely at best. However, in the absence of definitive answers, it is as good of a theory as any.
Today I began to wonder—could the Loch Ness Monster, like Smetty, be an ichthyosaur? In both locations, Wyoming and Scotland, ichthyosaurs once thrived. Of course, it sounds crazy to suggest that a remnant of these prehistoric reptiles are alive today. But, I can’t help but wonder if maybe, just maybe, it is possible…