The most famous monster in the world is the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie, in Latin probably know as Nessiteras Rhombopteryx. Nessie has been a Scottish Legend for some time.
Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster
The very first Sighting of a mystery creature appears in St Adamnan’s seventh century biography of St Columba, who supposedly calmed an aquatic animal which had attacked one of his Monks. Modern day interests, however is probably much greater outside of Scotland than within the country itself, and dates from the building of the road following the western side of the Loch in the 1830’s. In 1934, the Daily Mail published London surgeon R.K Wilsons magnificent photo of the head and the neck of the monster reaching up out of the Loch, and the worldwide hype has hardly stopped since. More recent sighting range from waves and ripples spotted by fishermen to the more famous occasion in 1961 when thirty guests of a local hotel saw two humps break the Lochs surface and travel for about half a mile before sinking back into the depths of the Loch.
Photos are on view in the two of the “Monster Exhibitions” in Drumnadrochit on the western side of the Loch, but the most impressive of these exhibits, including the most renowned black and white movie footage of the monster cruising along the loch with its humps visible and Wilsons head and neck shot, have now been exposed as fakes.
Searching for Nessie
In very few places on Earth has watching a grey cold expanse of water ever been so compelling, or have floating logs, otters, surface fish and boat wakes been photographed and filmed so often with such excitement, Yet while even modern high tech sonar surveys carried out over the years have failed to come up with any conclusive evidence , However its difficult to dismiss Nessie as pure myth, after all, no one really knows where the unknown layers of mud and silt at the bottom of the Loch begin or end, best estimates say the Loch is 750ft deep much deeper than much of the North Sea. While others point to the possibilities of underwater caverns and unknown channels connected to the Sea.
What Scientist have discovered in the cold dark depths of the Loch, include pure white eels and rare Arctic Char, offer very fertile grounds for speculation, with different theories declaring Nessie to be a remnant from the dinosaur era, a giant newt or a Hugh visiting Baltic Sturgeon. With the possibility of a definite answer sending excitement through the local tourist industry, Monster hunters these days are supplied with many great websites offering information and webcams scanning the surface of the Loch, and many tours of Scotland can take you to this fascinating area to scan the surface of the loch yourself with the hope you will be the one to take that film footage or photo that would send excitement and news all around the world. You never know Nessie may appear but many a Scot will tell you Nessie is alive and well and doing just fine.
Map of Loch Ness