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As a naturalist, Adrian has used the Loch Ness controversy as a vehicle for interpreting the dynamics and diversity of deep lakes. For example in 1987, he devised and led Operation Deepscan", a sonar sweep of Loch Ness which became a world media event with over 23 international TV crews in attendance.

The media monster was slain and interest was directed towards possible underlying truths revealed through the loch's food chain and huge internal waves. Thus, the concept of lake physics received a wider exposure than would be possible and popularises subjects people may not immediately consider interesting.

He has been engaged in fieldwork in the Highlands since 1973. He has led over 1000 students and lay volunteers on expeditions; training them to observe, sample and record data. In more recent collaborations, projects have involved workers from some 20 universities and academic institutions within the UK and overseas. A full list of scientific papers along with Adrian's  contributions is available.

Adrian's new book A Natural History of Sea Serpents is available here.

Another book is in preparation.

TV. Film. Radio Interviews, Presenter, Narrator, Production Consultant, Commercials, Exhibition Designer and Author. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Scientific Exploration Society member.

Adrian Shine is available to deliver talks to large or small audiences and also to exclusive groups on a variety of topics. All aspects of Loch Ness from environmental research to lake and sea monster hypotheses. His talks are illustrated with pictures/video and pitched for the audience, be they university, or a general interest groups.

Adrian has delivered talks to The Elphinstone Institute, The Chief Executives Organisation, The Royal Society Edinburgh, The Boston British Consulate and the New York Caledonian and Middlesex University.

Please contact us on mail@lochnessproject.com with your dates and requirements, numbers and venue and we will respond usually within 48 hours with details of Adrian's availability and fees.

Expeditions - 1973 – Current.

A solo expedition to Loch Morar inspired by work of the Loch Morar Survey.

Designed and built a submersible observation hide (Machan) and small underwater observation surface vessel for the Loch Morar Expeditions  recruiting biology students from Royal Holloway College.

Receiving support from zoology staff at Royal Holloway, he was joined in the field and mentored by Dr. Ann Duncan in limnology. BSc student dissertations were supported. His project received approval by the Scientific Exploration Society and logistic support by Royal Engineers and Royal Marine diving team.

The Loch Morar Expeditions became the Loch Ness & Morar Project. His expeditions were now under the patronage of  David James M.P. and Sir Peter Scott.

The focus of work moved to Loch Ness with acoustics applications in freshwater. He provided logistics and services support for freshwater science teams and introduced  them to echo sounders leading to the formation of the Hydro-acoustic Unit at Royal Holloway College.

Redesigned the public exhibition at the Loch Ness Centre, using the loch’s controversy as a vehicle for enhancing the  visitor’s understanding of lakes in general and Britain’s largest in particular.

Established a permanent base at the Loch Ness Centre for University field trips and collaborations. Designed and established a  deep water fixed sampling station in the northern basin of Loch Ness. Work now included all aspects of limnology as detailed below.

Instigated a detailed study of the profundal fauna of the two deepest Scottish lochs including designing the sampling equipment, particularly wide bore corers for intact interface recovery.

Instigated a study of recent Loch Ness sediments to define patterns and processes and recent human impact. Designed and built a one metre coring system for deep water and obtained cores for a wide variety of invited collaborations and dissertations.

Initiated and recruited collaborations for the ROSETTA Project, (Recovery Of Sediments Enabling Translation To Acoustics). This study aimed to retrieve long core samples penetrating back to the glacial clays and representing some 10,000 years of sedimentary record. Designed and built a  6 metre coring system for use at 200 m in Loch Ness. This succeeded in 1994.

Invited and gave support to three seismic operations over two decades, shedding light upon the retreat of the Great Glen glacier.

Made detailed studies throughout the 1980s separating biological and physical elements of acoustic scattering layers. Providing visualisation through acoustics of biological phenomena such as diurnal migration and physical events such as internal longitudinal and transverse seiches and Kelvin Helmholz billows. Hypothesis advanced for the role of shear induced turbulence in the generation of acoustic reflections from scattering layers.

Secured the first use in British freshwater of quantifiable acoustic fish stock estimation equipment, i.e.  HADAS statistical, Biosonics dual beam and Simrad split beam. Making comparisons between these systems and investigating target strength returns from different frequencies.

Made a study of littoral, profundal and pelagic fish habitats in Loch Ness by gill and seine netting. Fish diets were defined through gut content  and stable isotope analysis.

Establishing a deep water fixed station mooring in Loch Ness and conducting pelagic sampling over a ten year period for Lancaster University. This, together with sampling along the length of the loch, established the importance of allocthonous inputs and bacterial production in a major oligotrophic lake for the first time.

Further hydrographic and seismic studies.  
Operation Groundtruth  which uses sonar and underwater cameras to identify human artefacts on the bed of Loch Ness.

Located the debris field and wreckage of John Cobb’s ‘Crusader’, (Cobb’s failed world speed record attempt in 1952) and also a Zulu class fishing vessel at 140m and other as yet unidentified artefacts.

As a part of a collaboration with the Kongsberg company using an AUV Munin, discovered the lost model monster from the 1969 film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.  

Using the lessons of investigations at Loch Ness, he is currently examining other lake and sea monster traditions around the world and finding their real explanations in nature. Having found the solutions to sightings of the Loch Ness Monster within the special characteristics of the loch itself, Adrian is now pursuing other lake monster traditions and particularly sea serpent mysteries throughout the world. These include the Norwegian and New England Sea-serpents, the French colonial Halong Bay encounters, The Cadborosaurus of British Columbia, the Osbourne incident and the Valhalla encounter off the coast of south America.

On Loch Ness he has continued to encourage general scientific research though the provision of sampling services, for example to the Environmental DNA Survey of 2018.

Operation Groundtruth continues with the search for, and examination of, wrecks and other artefacts of historical value on the loch bed and discoveries continue. In 2019, in collaboration with Craig Wallace of Kongsberg the discovery was made of the wreck of 'Crusader', John Cobb's world speed record attempt jet boat.

Adrian's book 'A Natural History of Sea Serpents' is due out in the summer of 2024.

Exhibition Design & Author "Loch Ness Exhibition" 1989-2022

Exhibition production, design, author and narration. Designed and scripted the exhibitions popularising the natural history of Loch Ness with accompanying children’s work packs and booklets. He designed two major refurbishments of the Drumnadrochit presentation which has earned the full endorsement of Scottish Natural Heritage and a 5 star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board.

Other awards are a Dynamic Place 2001 design award for Technical and Community Outreach and Highland Tourism Best Visitor Experience 2011. Adrian has also been a VS Ambassador.

"Loch Ness 3D Experience" - 3D Film Production, design, author and presenter. (Edinburgh Royal Mile).
Author or listed author of many scientific papers and author of A Natural H|istory of Sea Serpents (2024) “Loch Ness” a booklet for the general visitor and consultant to "Young Loch Ness Explorers".

Lectures and Interviews

Hundreds of lectures to lay volunteers, students and the public and similarly  radio, television and documentary appearances  describing elements of natural history as relating to Loch Ness and its controversy. He has shared his thoughts upon the explanations of intriguing mysteries through Science Week lectures and various venues in in the UK, USA and Sweden.

Media - TV & Radio

Toyota TV Commercial USA Presenter USA TV Coast to Coast
-Saatchi and Saatchi)
Carlingford Lough Commercial Presenter Carlingford Lough Ferrys
"Incident at Loch Ness" - Film"
Werner Hertzog
Cameo Role
"Today Programme"
BBC Radio Four
"Terry and Gaby" TV Show Interview Channel Five
Numerous International Documentaries.


Various Loch Ness / Environmental / Mystery Documentaries
"The Nature of Britain"
Alan Titchmarch
Production Consultant BBC Natural History Unit
"Fossil Detectives"
Hermione Cockburn
Production Consultant BBC Natural History Unit
"Steve Leonard's Search for the Loch Ness Monster" Production Consultant BBC Science Unit
"Naked Science - Loch Ness" Production Consultant National Geographic Channel
The Nature of Britain, Alan Titchmarsh, 2007, Production Consultant BBC Natural History Unit
"New Ancient X Files"(Pictish Stones) Production Consultant National Geographic Channel
"The Loch Ness Monster Revealed"
Philippe Cousteau
Production Consultant
and Interview

Discovery Channel

"Grand Tours of Scotland"
Paul Murton

Interview BBC One TV
Nick Crane
Interview BBC Two TV
"Birth of Britain"
Tony Robinson,
Production Consultant
and Interview
National Geographic Channel
"The Great British Countryside"
Hugh Dennis,
Production Consultant
and Interview
"The World’s Weirdest Weather" Interview Channel Four
"River Monsters"
Jeremy Wade
Production Consultant
and Interview
Discovery Channel
"Nina & the Neurons" Production Consultant CBBC, (Ice Age Geology)
"Country File" Interview BBC One TV
"Antiques Road Trip" Interview BBC 1 TV
"Great Canal Journeys"
Timothy West
Prunella Scales

Production Consultant
and Interview

CH 4
"History of Tourism" Interview STV
"The Missing Evidence" Interview Channel 5,
"Google" Live Street Production Consultant
and Interview
"Cadburys" Easter Egg Interview TV / Internet Advert
"Meeting the Monster" Interview Icon Films
" Mysteries at the Museum" Production Consultant
and Interview
Travel Channel
"Sea Monsters" Interview Arrow Media
"The One Show" Production Consultant
and Interview
"Loch Ness The New Evidence". Interview and consultant Travel Channel
"Drain the Oceans, Secrets of the Loch"

Interview &

National Geographic Channel
"Born to Explore"  Interview ABC TV,


ABC TV, Born to Explore,  CNN News, CBC Newsworld, CNBC News,
Great Outdoors Australia, Sky News, Hector Show Irish TV, Good Morning America ABC News, Russian Tv CTC, CNN Spain, Swiss TV, Italia 1 TV,
TV PBS, Flipside, Escales TV, Resto del Mundo Canal 13,  S.America
'Gaoithí Gaeil' TG4, Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, German TV ARD, Link Production Paris, NBC Universal, ABC New York, France 2 French TV, Bellum Entertainment, A&E Television Extreme Paranormal, Street of Magic, Scottish Power, Brazenworld Productions, Minnow Productions, France Télévision, Don Productions Japan, Rai Uno TV, On the Road, Swedish Television, Authentic Entertainment TV, Getaway Nine Network Australia , Renegade Pictures, Weber Shandwick, Vuelo Mexicana.
Tourism Ambassador Loch Ness
"Ambassador" and Media interviews
VisitBritain's The Great British Invite promotion
VisitScotland's Ambassador for the Olympics
VisitScotland’s  Tartan Week Ambassador USA
VisitScotland’s Real Scot promotion
UK & International
100s Interviews International and UK Inc : " You and Yours", " Today News Programme", " Saturday Live".
Paper – Media 100s Interviews

International and UK Inc : The Sunday Post, Sunday Mail, Scots Magazine, The Times, North Magasine, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, Okanagan Mail, Toronto Sun, Lifestyle Writer, Daily Express Online, San Francisco Chronicle, Monte Burke, Forbes Magazine, British Guild of Travel Writers, Geo (Prisma-Presse), Southern Star Factual, UK at Home, Skooch Media, Magneto Presse, Spooktator Podcast Prisma Media, Israeli Geographical Magazine, Gesellschaft und Dokumentationen, Speak Up magazine Milan, Keetologue Canada, Geek Monthly Canada, Jon Gaunt Show, Jyllands-Posten, Atlas Obscura, Vocativ Bauer Women GmbH.

Media Facilities
Extensive Archive Film
Sonar& Underwater Cameras

The Loch Ness Project has a wide base of experience and facilities including film archive, underwater cameras. The cameras have some limited ROV capability. We also have equipment for deepwater sediment coring.
The Loch Ness Project has a network of individuals and organisations which collaborate on specific projec

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