Inventor Responsible for Famous Nessie Fin Photo Dies at 87

Inventor Robert H. Rines, an inventor and pioneer in the area of sonar technology (among many other accomplishments) has died of heart failure at the age of 87. The sonar systems developed by Dr. Rines, who held more than 80 patents, helped find the wrecks of the Titanic and the Bismarck. But in cryptozoology circles, he is equally famous for his underwater photos of the Loch Ness Monster, including one that seems to show the fin of the creature. The underwater photographs hang in the American Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Rines became interested in the Loch Ness Monster after seeing the creature for himself in the early 1970s during a tea party at a friend’s house. He described the creature as being about 45 feet in length and looking like a plesiosaur. Detailed obituaries (showing the fin photo) can be found at U.S. News and World Report and The Daily Mail.


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