Loch Ness Monster- Fact or Fiction?
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Loch Ness Monster- Fact or Fiction?

Over the years there have been a number of reported sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Here are some facts about the monster and stories surrounding the myths to help you decide if it is fact or fiction.

The first recorded sighting of a monster or aquatic animal living in the deep water of Scotland’s Loch Ness happened over 1,500 years ago. The body of water located to the south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands is the largest fresh water lake or loch in Scotland at nearly 23 miles in length and has a depth of some 800 feet.

The first sighting was around 500 AD, the Pictish people living in northern Scotland at that time had carved monsters living in the loch onto standing stones sited nearby. Saint Columba, a 7th century Irish missionary gave the first written reference to the monster while on his way to visiting the Picts he came across a group of men burying a man that had been killed by a sea monster. Saint Columba was reported to have seen the monster on two separate occasions.

The next reported sighting was in May 1933, a couple driving their car along the road that runs alongside the loch claimed to have witnessed a monster crossing the road ahead of them before disappearing below the surface of the lake. On hearing this story, newspapers in London sent reporters north and a reward was offered of 20,000 pounds sterling for its capture by a circus.

The Loch Ness Monster is usually described as having a small head, a very long neck, a broad body with four flippers and having a long tail. It has been scientifically described as being a plesiosaur, a carnivorous, aquatic marine reptile. It is not believed to be a mammal, for if it was it would have to surface regularly to breathe, it that was the case it would have been spotted much more often than it has been.

Nessie, as the monster has been dubbed is the worlds most famous cryptid. A cryptid is a creature usually hidden from sight that may exist. For it to be a cryptid, there has to be some evidence to prove it exists and is not just a part of folklore or myth. The first picture taken of the monster was in November 1933, it was an object rising out of the water by some two or three feet with some disturbance to the water around it. Five photographs were taken, only one was clear enough to see anything resembling a monster.

The photograph that became the most famous one taken was known as the Surgeons Photograph. It was taken in 1934 by a doctor from London. The doctors identity remained a secret for many years hence the title given. It was published in the national newspaper the Daily Mail, sixty years later it was revealed that it was nothing more than a hoax.

Another hoax of the 1930’s was created when a famous big-game hunter of the time, Marmaduke Wetherall, was hired to locate and capture the monster. Wetherall found a series of footprints, casts were made and sent off to the Natural History Museum in London. They proved to be imprints from a Hippopotamus. It has never been established if the hoax was planted by Wetherall or he was the victim of another hoaxer.

One of the more bizarre attempts to lure the monster from her hiding place occurred in the 1970’s when a hot air balloon was positioned over the loch and bacon was dropped into the water. Nessie failed to be attracted by this bait. Another odd event was in 1997 when a film production company from the USA claimed the copyright to the name Nessie. The claim was challenged in court by the official Loch Ness Monster fan club, the club based in Inverness stated that the name had been in common use for years and was not owned by anyone.

The British government under Margaret Thatcher considered that the Loch Ness Monster should be protected under law to safeguard the species. In 2001 the high priest of the British white witches put Nessie under a spell protecting her from harm, the same high priest while dressed in his robes and trainers (sneakers) is now the official protector and high priest of Scottish witches. It is good to know that the monster is now protected from harm, for the last time she was reported to have hurt anyone was way back in the 7th century.

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Comments (11)

Interesting information. I like monsters even though I shallowly believe all the stories attached to the sightings.

I'd love to know who made that first sighting, 1500 years ago!

Not sure about the earliest ones, but I believe many sightings from the 20th century are alcohol related.

Very interesting. I suppose this issue of the Loch Ness monster has more credibility to it than the people who denied the existence of UFOs and at the present claimed they were after all true.

Very interesting article. I might be going to Loch Ness this year, so will definitely check it all out.

This is quite funny, when I still wrote for Triond I wrote an article with exactly the same title as yours :)

Loch Ness monster is fascinating. I remember reading about it in Reader's Digest when I was a child.

It's really intriguing how the Loch Ness Monster could live so long.

Strange and interesting article. I guess more of a myth...Huh?

Interesting article. Voted up.

Returning with a well deserved vote up.