Since the 1700s, the possible existence and ideas of mythical creatures have intrigued many. The presence of “Bigfoot” or “Sasquash” are claimed to have unique features and unwonted habitats that hunting for these creatures almost feels like entering an alternate dimension. This past summer, thousands of explorers took to Scotland to search for the legendary “Loch Ness Monster” which is believed to lurk 6,000 kilometers inside the Scottish Highlands. It wasn’t until last week, however, that researcher Floe Foxon stated the practically impossible probability that the creature does exist.
“Even the chances of finding a merely 1 meter long eel are very slim-about 1 in 50,000”, says Foxon in a report to Science Daily. “And the probability of finding a creature more than 100 times its size plummets to about literally 1 in 1 million”. Foxon is an analyst in multiple branches of science such as geology, meteorology, psychology, astronomy, and cryptography. “When you study data science, you can find that it can be applied to almost anything, including monsters”.
Foxon had conducted mass data in multiple bodies of water on the European Peninsula. He had counted the number of general eels he could find in proximity to the body of water as a whole. He found that not even 0.05% of the bodies of water he discovered contained a 1-meter-long eel with even fewer containing longer. Converting the eel length to mass data, he concluded that the probability of finding the Loch Ness Monster is entirely negligible and “not worth money exploring”.
According to BiorXig.org, as the population of Black Bears throughout the Canadian region increased, more people were inclined to believe in the existence of Bigfoot. “That doesn’t tell you whether Bigfoot is real”, says Foxon. “You can’t answer that sort of question without a specimen. Our knowledge of animals and folklore has been overrun by a lot of pseudoscience. If you think you saw Bigfoot or Sasquash, it was probably just a brown bear”.
The search for mythical creatures, especially on television, is likely just a publicity scam or a ratings trap. In a world revolving around money alone, convincing the public that the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot does exist is quite effective for TV stations and clothing stores alike. “It’s not what you study, it’s how you study it”, concludes Foxon. “The methods of realistic and data science may be more practical than people think”.