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Wrong Roy Mackal?

Dr. Roy P. Mackal

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Background Information

Employment History

Scott T. Norman

Vice President

British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club

Professor of Biology

University of Chicago


Loch Ness Investigation Bureau

Founding Board Member

Scientific Advisor



University of Chicago


University of Chicago

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Cryptozoology Organizations [cached]

Vice President: Dr. Roy P. Mackal

Cryptozoology Organizations [cached]

Vice President: Dr. Roy P. Mackal

ISC's late Vice President Dr. Roy ... [cached]

ISC's late Vice President Dr. Roy Mackal has written: "…the term 'cryptozoology' seems to me particularly appropriate, coming as it does from the Greek work *kryptos*, meaning 'hidden.' 'unknown,' 'secret,' 'enigmatic,' 'mysterious'; hence literally the study of hidden animals" (Searching for Hidden Animals, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980, p. xi).

Loch Ness Monster - [cached]

Some of the scientific community, as represented by Roy Mackal, a director of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau and a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Chicago concludes that "a population of moderate-sized, piscivorous aquatic animals is inhabiting Loch Ness. In his 1976 book, "The Monsters of Loch Ness," he thoroughly examines all of the evidence of this unknown species of animal with a critical eye, and still comes to this conclusion.

The UnMuseum - The Loch Ness Monster [cached]

Roy Mackal, a biologist at the University of Chicago who was interested in cryptozoology, built a system of underwater microphones and placed them in the loch to see if he could detect any sounds the monster might make. "Bird-like chirps", "knocks" and "clicks" were recorded along with a swishing sound which Mackal thought might be the sounds of an animal echolocation to find and hunt its prey. Mackal noted that the sounds stopped whenever a boat passed by and resumed after it had reached a safe distance.

Mackal has suggested a large mammal like a manatee or a zeuglodon (primitive whale). Others suggest an unknown species of long-necked seal or giant otter. Earlier, Mackal also considered it might be a giant sea slug.

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