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Monday, December 31, 2012

Loch Ness Monster, Inverness, Scotland

I sincerely doubt there is hardly anyone who hasn't heard of or about Loch Ness and its mysterious resident 'Nessie' which it is supposed to harbor.

Sightings of the monster already date back as far as the 6th century and were first recounted by Adomnán in the 'Life of St. Columba'. Stories and reports continued throughout the following centuries. In May 2, 1933, water bailiff for Loch Ness and part-time journalist Alex Campbell did an article on it in the Inverness Courier.

This local media's attention prompted more stories and accounts from its readers, and the first picture was posted in December of 1933 by Hugh Gray. More followed and the monster of Loch Ness eventually made the national and international press.

From the description of eye witnesses to land and lake sightings, the monster appears to be a relative of plesiosaurs. Scientists have never been able to confirm that. Most are rather skeptical and the sightings are classified as either a hoax or caused by already known marine animals.

In spite of the film of Nessie that was shot in 1963 and other inexplicable images, films, and photographs afterwards, the results are inconclusive and opinions concerning the existence of the monster of Loch Ness are divided.

No one really knows what the large moving objects were that showed up on professor Gordon Tucker's sonar in 1968, or what field researcher Andrew Carroll made contact with through a mobile sonar scan in 1969.

It is still anyone's guess what later sonar images and sounds may have been. Explanations as to optical illusions caused by weather, other marine animals and debris in the lake, the release of seismic gas, or the results of a hoax are given.

What really lives and lurks below the surface of Loch Ness remains a mystery. Maybe some day we will know for sure!

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