The Loch Ness Monster
Affectionately known as Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster is an animal
believed to live beneath the waters of Loch Ness, a large lake in
Scotland. Even though the rest of the world did not know of this
animal until 1933, there have been many sightings throughout the
century. The first recorded sighting was by St. Columba in 565. The
existence is largely based on sonic readings and blurred photographs.
No physical evidence has been found to support the belief tat the Loch
ness Monster actually exists.
Some of the famous sightings include:
- 1871 – D. Mackenzie reported seeing something moving very slowly
just beneath the surface of the water.
- 1933 – there were four sightings in this year, with one them being
that of a strange creature crossing the road.
- 1943 – a member of the Royal Observer Corps reported seeing a large
long-necked creature with fins and large eyes.
- 1950 - the crew of a fishing boat reported that a strange creature
in the water was keeping pace with them.
The Surgeon's Photo taken in 1934 was once believed to be irrefutable
evidence of the existence of the Loch ness Monster, but this was later
revealed to be a hoax. A South African tourist filmed something in the
lake for about 3 minutes in 1938, but he refused to show the film to
investigators. Tim Dinsdale filmed a large lump in the water in 1960
and with the technology available in 1993 this film was enhanced to
reveal a large animal with several humps. A further video taken in
2007 also showed a large creature, but experts claimed it was a seal,
an otter or a water bird.
Many searches have been launched to try to discover if the Loch Ness
Monster actually exists. The Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau
operated from 1962 – 1972 and consisted of groups of people armed with
cameras taking turns at various locations around the lake taking
pictures and looking for anything unusual. There have been sonar
studies and submersible investigations, but no concrete evidence has
yet been found.
Since all of the sightings report a large shape on the water, some
being a bit more specific in saying that the animal has a long neck,
no one knows for sure if Nessie does exist.