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Loch Ness Monster:

This Scottish Lake monster needs no intro. The lovable “Nessie”, or Loch Ness Monster is one of the most popular monsters of all time. The legend was born after a rash of sightings back in 1933. One newspaper stated that a man driving around the Loch with his wife, reported seeing “the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life”, crossing the road towards the Loch carrying an animal in its mouth. Soon after, the mysterious Loch Ness received international acclaim for its elusive lake monster. And a star was born.

surgeons photo

By far, the most famous (or infamous) photo ever captured was The Surgeons Photo (above). In 1934, a respectable British surgeon snapped this shot, displaying a sea serpent’s neck rising gracefully from the depths of the Loch. Everyone, of course, trusted this guy, because he was a surgeon. Well not all surgeons should automatically be trusted. (Remember the trusted surgeon that amputated the wrong leg?) So, being a surgeon of the untrustworthy kind, it later came out that the photo was a total phony and was just a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpents head.

(... so it really looked more like this, probably exactly like this)

hoax photo

Even though this was found to be hoax back in 1994 it’s still the same photo always used in every story. And another thing that gets me, why do hoaxers always wait to reveal their fake monster sins on their deathbeds? Argh ... I believed you!

The number of explanations of what Nessie could be, are as numerous as the number of Nessie sightings themselves. Eels, seals, circus elephants, deer, bird wakes, boat wakes, fermenting logs and active imaginations, are just a few of the possible monster culprits. The fermenting log theory is surprisingly interesting. Apparently in decaying logs of Scots pine the resin seals in gases that eventually rupture launching it through the water. (Floating logs can be extremely terrifying!) Among the Scottish deep lochs ALL have monster legends, excluding the one with no pinewoods. Coincidence?

Some believe the creature resembles a long extinct plesiosaur. Although scientists say no plesiosaur could lift its neck out of the water so swan-like, and would have that pesky problem of being seen surfacing to breath all the time.

holding breath

And of course, countless expeditions have sought to unmask Nessie. In 1954, a fishing crew happened upon a strange sonar hit showing a large shape keeping pace with the boat for half a mile. Another Ness-pedition in 1970 used underwater mics that recorded clicking noises resembling echolocation followed by sounds of giant tail swishing, leading the researchers to believe it was a large animal targeting, then attacking prey. Although it was later found that the sounds didn’t resemble aquatic animals. Others have captured blurry photos of possible flippers and sea monster shapes. But some accuse these teams of seeing what they want to see. ( I spy ... a prehistoric sea monster from the Cretaceous period.)

Whatever the mysterious Loch holds, one thing Nessie has brought for sure is tourism dollars and one hell of a mascot. I’m sure she’d be proud.

commercial nessie

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