The Loch Ness monster is an unidentified creature claimed to live in Loch Ness, Scotland. Like Bigfoot and the yeti, the Loch Ness monster is studied by crypto zoologists. People come from around the world in hopes of a Loch Ness monster sighting. Although its existence has not been scientifically proven, there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence. Today, the ‘monster” is often affectionately dubbed Nessie.
Loch Ness is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the UK. Rumors of a Loch Ness monster have circulated for centuries. The earliest reference comes from 565 A.D. According to this tale, St. Columba saved the life of a Pict who was being attacked by the creature. This is the only recorded instance where the Loch Ness monster has reportedly attacked anyone – generally the creature avoids people.
In 1933, Mr. And Mrs. John McKay reported seeing a large creature in the Loch. Later in the year, another witness also observed the creature. This started a media sensation, and a reward of 20,000 pounds was offered for the creature’s capture.
In 1934, a photo fanned the flames. Allegedly taken by surgeon Dr. Wilson, it was later proven to be a fake. The photo was taken by a reporter who added the good doctor’s name for credibility.
Since 1962, the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau has been researching the area, seeking proof of Nessie’s existence. They have used hot air balloons, infrared cameras, sonar scanners, underwater microphones, and submarines. To date, they have found no evidence of the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
Loch Ness contains a great deal of water. It is only one part of a series of interconnected water bodies. Because of this, it is believed that Nessie has many places to hide. Until a photograph is produced, this monster will remain a mystery.