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Loch Ness Monster - Mysteries of The World


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Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster is a prehistoric creature thought to inhabit the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. As lake monsters go, Scotland has tales of a fair few, with Nessie gaining the most popularity of all on the back of anecdotal evidence.

Nessie first hit the headlines in 1933 when a story was published in the Inverness Courier. The report quoted a Londoner who had visited a few weeks earlier as seeing: "a most extraordinary form of animal... the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life."

After that, more sightings were reported and this unexplained phenomena hit international headlines. That same year, one motorcyclist claimed to nearly hit Nessie late one night as it lumbered across the road and slid back into the loch. Soon, apparent photos of the Loch Ness Monster were published.

World famous lake monster said to live in the cold, dark depths of Loch Ness in Scotland. The Loch Ness Monster is possibly the most well known cryptozoological creature in the world with thousands of tourists flocking to the loch each year to see if they can catch a glimpse of the elusive beast.

In 1960, an aeronautical engineer filmed a hump crossing the water in Loch Ness in a powerful wake unlike that of a boat.

Years later, digital enhancement of the footage revealed what seemed to be the rear body, flippers, and two more humps of a plesiosaur-like body. The technician said: "Before I saw the film, I thought the Loch Ness Monster was a load of rubbish. Having done the enhancement, I'm not so sure."

There's no doubt that the story of Nessie has drawn huge tourist interest to the famed Loch Ness. But should it be considered one of the genuine unexplained mysteries of the world? While some people believe the monster is a living plesiosaur, New Scientist points out that such a creature could not physically lift its head up out of the water like the photos and anecdotes suggest.

The most compelling evidence of its non-existence is that the loch is a mere 10,000 years old - and was frozen solid for about 20,000 years before that. For a prehistoric monster claimed to be millions of years old, the numbers just don't add up.



The Loch Ness Monster (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) is a cryptid that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next.
Popular interest and belief in the animal has varied since it was brought to the world's attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings. The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as a mix of hoaxes and wishful thinking. Despite this, it remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. The legendary monster has been affectionately referred to by the nickname Nessie (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) since the 1950s.



History

One of the earliest reported sightings of the monster was over 1400 years ago when St. Columba commanded the beast to retreat after it had attacked several people in the River Ness.
Modern sightings begun in ernest in the 1930's. In 1933 a family driving their car along the edge of Loch Ness encountered a large lumbering beast crossing the road in front of them. In 1934 surgeon Robert Kenneth Wilson took a photograph of the creature in the Loch that became the most famous image of the monster - showing a long slender neck and head protruding from the depths. For decades the picture was thought to be the most convincing piece of evidence for its existence until it was finally revealed to be a fake, the surgeon had actually taken a photograph of a model neck and head mounted on a toy submarine.

Theories

There are many theories surrounding the Loch Ness Monster legend. One enduring idea is that it is a relic from the dinosaur age, a plesiosaur, however without a viable population it seems unlikely that such a creature could exist there. Another enduring theory is that the monster doesn't exist and that sightings of the creature can simply be put down to people looking too hard for something that isn't there and interpreting everything from wakes in the water to floating logs as evidence of the beast. 


The people who live around Loch Ness call Nessie a kelpie. Nessie was first seen over 1500 years ago. Saints and common people have seen her. There have been some people who have just pretended to see her. Still enough people have seen her that enough exposed hoaxes do not hurt the thought of Nessie being real.

Most of the Nessie sightings say that it is something with two humps, a tail, a snake-like neck. As it swam a v-shaped wash sometimes occurred. Sometimes such details as a gaping red mouth and horns on its head were seen.

There are many theories to Nessie’s identity such as a primitive whale called a zeuglodon, a type of long-necked aquatic seal, giant eels, walruses, floating mats of plants, giant mollusks, otters, mirages, and diving birds, but scientists are fond of the plesiosaur theory. Most scientists think they have been dead for 60-70 million years but some believe that it is possible that after the last ice age the loch may have been connected to the sea and these creatures may have been stranded.

Rumor says that Nessie ate one human sometime around the year 700 A.D. Perhaps he tasted terrible. Perhaps Nessie gained respect for humans. Maybe the local people praying had an affect on Nessie, whatever the reason is, Nessie has never eaten another human since.

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Nessie has plenty to eat in Loch Ness. Estimates of the fish population are as high as 27 tons. They include: salmon, sea trout, brown trout, pike, eel, char, lamprey, minnow, stickleback, sturgeon, wells, and flounder. That’s mainly in the top five feet of the loch. Loch Ness is over 700 feet deep but the water is murky. If Nessie is able to find food in the dark, she must be able to hunt with more than just eyesight alone. Maybe she uses sonar. Maybe she is a vegetarian. Plenty of leaves fall into the loch. Zooplankton is plentiful.

Nessie made a big splash in 1934 when another picture of her was taken, this time by Colonel Robert Wilson, a London doctor. Wilson’s photo is rather clear and appeared to show a head and neck of a plesiosaur like creature sticking out of the water. This picture is often used to illustrate articles of the Loch Ness Monster, and is probably the most often-published image of the Loch Ness Monster. This photograph was not long ago exposed as a hoax using a small model.

Two saints are credited with bringing Christianity to Scotland. Saint Ninian, who came about one thousand six hundred years ago, and Saint Columba who first came about one thousand five hundred years ago. Saint Columba came when the first sightings of Nessie were recorded. This was also the time Merlin came to Scotland. Saint Columba restored a man after he was killed by Nessie. A third Christian saint, saint Fillan, is also associated with Loch Ness. One story says that the monster was threatening his congregation. Saint Fillan held up his cross and told the monster to return to the deep. Nessie obeyed.

The earliest known description of Nessie dates back from as early as A.D. 565. Reported sightings increased during the nineteen-thirties, when a new highway made the loch more accessible to travelers.

In 1972 and 75 researchers from the Academy of Applied Science in Boston took underwater pictures of what they claimed was Nessie. However, many scientists question the value of these photographs.

The world does not know what Nessie is or if it is real. Maybe we never will.

 

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