The Loch Ness Monster

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Photo from BBC

What is the Loch Ness monster?

According to Wikipedia, the Loch Ness monster is “an aquatic being which reputedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.” (Wikipedia)

Origins

The Lochness monster myth originated in Scotland. It all started on May 2nd, in 1933. A couple claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” This spread to the media and soon large amounts of people were on their way to Scotland to capture the beast. This is mainly because there was a 20,000 pound sterling reward for whoever could capture it. (History)

Although that initial sighting made the Loch Ness myth well-known, there are accounts of a large beast living in that lake that date back 1,500 years. Scholars found around a dozen references to Nessie in Scottish history. Some of these have dated back to 500 A.D. This is “when local Picts carved a strange aquatic creature into standing stones near lake Loch Ness.” This particular lake is a large body of fresh water. It is near Inverness, in Scotland. This particular lake has the largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain. It reaches to a depth of almost 800 feet and it is nearly 23 miles long. (History)

Then there was another sighting a little while after. Another couple claimed to have seen the beast on land. This caused many investigators to go to the area. Even universities led expeditions to the lake, where the sighting took place. This continued on for decades but nothing was found. There has been many sonar readings done of the lake since then but still nothing has been found. (History)

Searching for Nessie

For years there have been people who have dedicated years to finding Nessie (Loch Ness). One of these individuals is Dr. Robert Rines. He was President of the Academy of Applied Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Him and his team did sonar sweeps of the Loch Ness lake. These sonar sweeps proved that the lake held larger objects than what was originally expected.

In August of 1972, a crew was operating a Raytheon Sonar in hopes of getting evidence that the myth of the Loch Ness monster was true. Their sonar detected that there was large moving objects and that there was groups of fish quickly moving away from them. One of the objects passed the underwater camera they had about 20 feet away from it. It captured a blurry picture but it displayed part of the tail of a large animal. It appeared to have rough textured skin, that was a green-brown color. (Nessie)

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Picture from Nessie

The picture was studied and experts estimated the tail to have been from 6-8 feet in length. There was disagreements about this particular picture but some experts say that the structure of this flipper did not resemble the structure of any known mammals.

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Photo from Nessie

The pictures that this team had gotten were studied for several months and kept a secret. They were eventually released to the public. Dr. George Zug of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington said, “I believe these data indicate the presence of large animals in Loch Ness, but are insufficient to identify them.” (Nessie)

Here’s a video about another man who has searched for the Loch Ness monster. His search has lasted 25 years.

The Loch Ness Watchman: Hunting Nessie for a Quarter Century

Recent Sightings

There has been more sightings in 2017 than any other year this century. Dr. Jo Knight from Lancaster University took her son to lake Loch Ness. They happened to capture a photo of some kind of fin in the water. She said she doesn’t know if it is the Loch Ness monster but it is some kind of creature. (BBC) Here’s the picture:

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Photo from BBC

The myth that there is a large creature in lake Loch Ness has been around a long time. I don’t know if the Loch Ness is real or if there is a beast in lake Loch Ness. But I do know there is proof suggesting there are larger creatures in the lake than what may be expected. No matter what, I believe the myth of Nessie will live on.

 

Sources

BBC

2017

 

Nessie

1996-2009

 

History

2009

 

Wikipedia

March, 2018

 

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