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Giant bones discovered on Western Isles beach prompts online speculation they are linked to Loch Ness Monster


By Val Sweeney

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A picture taken by Hannah Burns of the skeleton on the beach at South Uist..
A picture taken by Hannah Burns of the skeleton on the beach at South Uist..

The discovery of a large skeleton on a Western Isles beach has prompted widespread interest – and speculation it is linked to a relative of the Loch Ness Monster.

The giant bones, which belong to a dead sperm whale, were spotted by Hannah Burns who has recently moved to South Uist.

After taking photographs of the find, her sister, Polly Burns, posted the images on twitter where they went viral.

Some have also joked the 30ft skeleton could be that of a relative Nessie.

But Ms Burns was not was not the first to find the skeleton of the sperm whale which stranded last year.

Uist Sea Tours also made a note of the discovery on social media in February.

It is not the first time the discovery of a gigantic skeleton on a Scottish beach has prompted worldwide interest.

A photograph of a carcass washed up on an Aberdeenshire beach during a storm in February 2020 was posted on social media in the wake of Storm Ciara, which brought strong wind gusts to the whole of the UK.

Hundreds of people joined in the debate via the community group, Fubar News while some contributors joining in with fun ideas suggested it was Nessie.

Related story: Speculation mystery skeleton is Nessie


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