A claw-like mouth at the end of a proboscis, two prodigious posterior fins and a broad tail fin, it is no wonder that this fossilized relic has been associated with the legends of so many notorious cryptids. One theory, which has been proposed a few fortean researchers, is that this animal may have survived into the 21st century, living in lakes and rivers, and rearing its head every now and again just to give the tourists a good scare. According to those who support this hypothesis, the Tullimonstrum’s proboscis might be mistaken for the plesiosauride head and neck so often reported by eyewitnesses. They further claim that the submarine shape of the Tullimonstrum’s body, along with its large flippers, only serve to complete this picture of the prototypical Lake-Monster. Other investigators have associated this beast with the nefarious Lindworm.
Pioneering Nessie investigator, Ted Holiday, even went so far as to write an entire book on the subject entitled: “The Great Worm of Loch Ness.” At the conclusion of his tome, Holiday surmised that the monster in Loch Ness was not the only example of a relic Tullimonstrum skulking around Europe, but that the legends of huge dragons and other bizarre creatures, which had plagued the continent for centuries, were most like due to encounters with this beast.