The Flipper Photo
In 1972, Sir Peter Scott, a British naturalist and a member of Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau, partook on an expedition that produced the “Flipper Photo”. The photo was allegedly an evidence that prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. Scott was so convinced about it that he even suggested a scientific name for the creature — Nessiteras Rhombopteryx (the Ness wonder with a diamond fin). He even had some staunch supporters who believed his claims though they were diminishing. However, this support declined even further when Nicholas Fairbairn, a Scottish member of Parliament, discovered that the proposed name was an anagram of “monster hoax by Sir Peter S.” which was used to lampoon Scott.
This begs the question whether the picture was only a hoax in the first place but Scott insisted that it was real. Dr. Robert Rhine, the leader of the above-mentioned expedition, defended Scott by saying that the scientific name can also be anagrammed to “Yes, both pix are monsters. R.”
Nicholas Fairbairn,”Loch Ness Monster” (Letter to the Editor), New York Times, December 19, 1975
Tim Dinsdale, Loch Ness Monster, 1976