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The "Loch Ness Monster"

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 0 0


Loch Ness located at the top half of Scotland. Its the biggest stretch of water in a series of lochs that stretch right across Scotland. From Inverness at the northern tip right down to fort William. If you bring it up on Google Maps you can see, and understand that at one time this could have easily been part of the sea which then became land locked. Both its southern point and northern point is close to the sea. But this theory has to be dismissed because Loch Ness is a fresh water Lock. The biggest stretch of fresh water in Great Britain. However, its possible that at one time in the past it was used by large creatures to lay eggs and rear their young, just like many creatures like turtles do today.


22 miles long and between one and one and a half miles wide, the scary bit is its depth, its between 750 and 800 feet deep. And the water is a dark murky black. The loch waters so murky because of the amount of peat in the surrounding soil. This takes the visibility in the loch waters down to about 4 inches. Because of the black murky waters and it large size, Loch Ness has been very difficult to explore, even with modern technology.


Actual Loch Ness monster facts are few and far between. The first recorded sighting was back in 565 by the monk known as St Columbia. It was then first photographed by Hugh Grey in 1933. This was the famous photo that looked like a dinosaur swimming on the surface. Since then there has been numerous expeditions into the Loch over the years, including a ten year study during the sixties. Constant hoaxes make it difficult. Some of these obviously put up by certain local people to popularise the myth and bring trade into the area. Loch Ness is probably the biggest tourist attraction in Scotland and the alleged creature has been affectionately named “Nessie”


The most authentic evidence is a short film made by Tim Dinsdale on 16mm film. On 23 April 1960 after spending several days sailing around the loch, he took a video of the 'creature' moving across the loch and then turning parallel to the shore and heading down the loch before he ran out of film. When this film was developed it instantly became undeniable proof of the creatures existence.  In 1966 the film was further studied by the RAF who concluded that it was not a surface vessel of any kind but some animate object in Loch Ness. As you can imagine there are very few pictures of the alleged creature, there is a selection on you-tube but beware many of these are spoofs.


The latest pictures  (Nov 2011) which appear to be as authentic as they come are from local man George Edwards. George has spent the last 26 years as a skipper on a small boat taking tourists out on the loch. Although George has always carried a camera he has never really seen anything worth taking until now. Before releasing the pictures to the general public, and run the risk of being ridiculed and called a fake. George sent the pictures off to the United States for authentication.



Its probably like asking people do they believe in ghosts. Most people don't. Thats because most people haven't seen or experienced seeing a ghost. If you were to spend a winters evening walking the shore line of Loch Ness, the sky gloomy grey, the wind making the trees moan and creek and the loch. The black murky waters of the loch gently splashing. You would perhaps think twice.


The other point that should be taken into account is that for every witness that claims to have seen the Loch Ness monster there are probably another two who, for obvious reasons are fearful of coming forward. One person who actually saw the creature is Tim Richardson, an experienced big fish angler for over 30 years, naturalist and a back ground in zoology. Tim not only saw something under the water but it was the overpowering feeling of fear that made him walk briskly away from the shoreline. You need to read Tims version to feel the depth and truth of the story.


Despite studies showing that there is not enough food in the loch to sustain a population of large animals, no one has put forward the theory that Loch Ness is in fact a nursery where the adult creature come only to lay eggs and the small young creatures find their own way out to sea, much like the salmon do. This would mean that for most of the time there would be none of these large creatures in the loch. If this were true then it could explain why the loch can be explored and the conclusion is that there is nothing there.


The Latest Pictures of the legendary Loch Ness Monster



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