© Getty Images
I can’t improve on the headline from ‘news.co.uk. They report on research done by Leeds and Cardiff Universities making this astounding claim:
‘Mythical creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland and the Icelandic elves can help with the conservation of the real animals that live next to them, a new study finds. Researchers from Leeds and Cardiff universities found that the conservation of threatened species has much to gain from acknowledging people’s spiritual, magical and cultural beliefs, a new study suggests. It finds that mythical creatures can act as ‘invisible umbrella’ species, protecting non-magical creatures occupying shared habitats. The report noted that in 2015, 350,000 people visited a thriving ecotourist site in Scotland because it is inhabited by a rare, endemic animal – the Loch Ness Monster.’
I can honestly say that I have never knowingly visited an ecotourist site and I have been to a few, because of Nessie. What non-magical creatures in Loch Ness are sheltering under Nessie’s ‘umbrella’? Hoover, who am I to contradict the research.
Also, why was no Scottish University involved. Too busy doing something less likely to attract ridicule?