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Micah Hanks : 1933-06-22, Scotland:George Spicer とその妻が目撃したネス湖の怪物の正体は…

はじめに


・George Spicer とその妻が目撃したネス湖の怪物に関する Wikipedia の要約が下。

George Spicer (1933)
Modern interest in the monster was sparked by a sighting on 22 July 1933, when George Spicer and his wife saw "a most extraordinary form of animal" cross the road in front of their car.[8] They described the creature as having a large body (about 4 feet (1.2 m) high and 25 feet (8 m) long) and a long, wavy, narrow neck, slightly thicker than an elephant's trunk and as long as the 10?12-foot (3?4 m) width of the road. They saw no limbs.[22] It lurched across the road towards the loch 20 yards (20 m) away, leaving a trail of broken undergrowth in its wake.[22]

It has been claimed that sightings of the monster increased after a road was built along the loch in early 1933, bringing workers and tourists to the formerly-isolated area.[23] However, Binns has described this as "the myth of the lonely loch", as it was far from isolated before then, due to the construction of the Caledonian Canal. In the 1930s, the existing road by the side of the loch was given a serious upgrade (just possibly this work could have contributed to the legend, since there could have been tar barrels floating in the loch).[6]

ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster#George_Spicer_(1933)



・George Spicer らが目撃したこの怪物の正体について、Micah Hanks の興味深い仮説を紹介する。「なるほどね、当時はその現象 (*1) が珍しかったから、ありうるかもね」…というのが私の感想。

事件のあらまし



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The Spicer story, in addition to being one of the earliest notable sightings of the alleged beast of Loch Ness, is also one of the most bizarre. Much has been said of the sighting over the years already, but to summarize it here briefly: on the afternoon of June 22, 1933 at approximately 3:30 PM, George and his wife were driving along the main roadway, a portion of General Wade’s Military Road, which hugs the Eastern bank of the Loch between Dores and Foyers when they noticed what appeared to be a large animal crossing the road some distance ahead of them.

The animal was only in view for a matter of seconds, and far enough away that several of the animal’s features were indiscernible (such as its primary means of locomotion). From their brief observation, Spicer summarized that the creature resembled “a huge snail with a long neck”, the latter appendage undulating such that, at times, it sounds more suggestive of a tail or a tentacle than an actual neck.

“It was horrible?an abomination,” Spicer told Manchester’s Daily Sketch tabloid in its December 1933 edition. “The first I saw of it was an undulating sort of neck, a little thicker than an elephant’s trunk. It did not move in the usual reptilian fashion but with three arches in its neck it shot across the road until a ponderous body about 4 feet high came into view.”

“I have motored thousands of miles. I am a temperate man. I cannot think of any undertaking, any pledge, that I would not accept to vouch for the truth of my statement.”

“I am certain this creature is of a prehistoric species,” Spicer stated emphatically.


Micah Hanks の推理



Here, I would like to suggest a possible alternative interpretation about the “undulating” appearance of the neck; it seems reasonable to argue that at the distance Spicer and his wife were from the animal at the time they saw it, the creature’s appearance could have been distorted from the Spicer’s vantage; a simple cause for this might be from heat rising off the roadway itself.

Weather data that gives historical monthly averages for Loch Ness in June indicates an average temperature high of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in this region of the Scottish highlands, with humidity at around 75%. An inferior mirage resulting from “heat haze” might at least be a reasonable consideration with regard to the peculiar undulations of the neck of the animal in question, which even Spicer noted, “did not move in the usual reptilian fashion.” In fact, based on his description the thing didn’t move like anything known to science, let alone how an actual plesiosaur or similar extinct species would have moved



The fact that both men had seen the film King Kong, with its depictions of various prehistoric monsters (including the long-necked dinosaur Gould mentions above) has not been missed by other critically-minded researchers. Adrian Shine has suggested this film had been what inspired Spicer’s observation, a point further emphasized by Loxton and Prothero in Abominable Science. In fact, King Kong appeared in theaters throughout the United Kingdom around Easter in 1933, just a couple of months before Spicer’s June encounter. It’s hard not to argue that some kind of connection exists between the two.


出典


https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2019/04/of-lochs-and-long-necks-part-one-a-second-look-at-the-sighting-that-put-nessie-on-the-map/

脚注


・(*1) この現象の正体に関する記述部分は敢えて訳さないことにした。理由は…

  ・従来の私の記事の書き方は、どうやら一部の不慣れな読み手の短絡的了解や条件反射的反応を招きやすいことに最近、気づかされた。なので、そういった反応をなるべく引き起こさない仕組みを導入する必要を感じた次第。

  ・その工夫の一つが流し読みによる短絡的了解にブレーキをかける仕組みの導入。それにより、ただでさえ少ない読み手が更に減るだろうが、そういった不慣れな読み手を保護することも重要なので致し方ない。なお、この文章自身もその仕組みの反映。

(2019-04-29)
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