Loch Ness ‘Monster’ Prop from the 1970s Found by Robotic Sub

April 15, 2016 Updated: April 15, 2016

A survey team has found a 30-foot film prop of the Loch Ness monster inside the Scottish body of water.

The Nessie-shaped prop was created for the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,” directed by Billy Wilder, CNN reported.

The prop features a long neck and two humps on its back.

The object was discovered by Munin, a robot that’s being used by survey team Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime.

“The vehicle is providing insight to the Loch’s depths as never before imagined. Finding Nessie was, of course, an unexpected bonus!” Kongsberg’s Craig Wallace told CNN.


“We expect to uncover new information from the Loch during this survey, as Munin is the most advanced low logistics AUV on the market and is the first of the next generation AUVs from Kongsberg Maritime,” he added.

Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine said it was a prop, based on the shape, measurements, and its location.

(Kongsberg Maritime)
(Kongsberg Maritime)

“We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected,” he told the BBC. “The model was built with a neck and two humps and taken alongside a pier for filming of portions of the film in 1969.”

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“The director did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy. And the inevitable happened. The model sank.”