The Loch Ness Monster (fondly called Nessie) is perhaps the most famous mythological creature after the Abominable Snowman, who is rumored to inhabit the Loch Ness lake in the Scottish highlands. The supposed sightings and rumors of the existence of a prehistoric dinosaur like creature dates back to 7th century. Over the course of time, people have continued to report catching a glimpse of a large creature near the vicinity of Loch Ness, numerous blurred purported images of the creature have added fuel to the widespread notion that such a creature, which many speculate to represent a long line of surviving plesiosaur, does inhabit the Loch Ness Lake of Scotland.
Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in United Kingdom, but despite its size the lake is famous for its mythological resident. The term “monster” was first coined by Adam Campbell in 1932. He was a water bailiff of Loch Ness and a part time journalist whose report about a mysterious creature first appeared in Inverness Courier. However, it was only after The Courier ran a front page article on this enigmatic creature in 1933,that these rumors started gaining some semblance of credibility. The news item was centered on the claims of a London citizen, George Spacier who while driving around Loch Ness with his wife, had seen a dragon like massive serpentine creature. The Courier, soon started receiving numerous anonymous letters with claims of land or water sightings, either on the writer’s part or on the part of their friends and acquaintances. People suddenly started remembering and believing all the childhood tales they were told about this creature. The general hoopla surrounding did not remain confined to United Kingdom , but eventually caught the attention of the international press. After being called by several names like the “monster fish” the “sea serpent” the international community finally settled on the Loch Ness Monster (affectionately called Nessie by people living around Loch Ness).
The very first alleged photograph of this creature was published in the Daily Mail in the December of 1933, following which an official notice was issued by the Secretary of Scotland ordering people not to cause any harm to it. The Surgeon’s Photograph which was published next year further added credence to the belief of its existence, which was later augmented by a book published by R.T Gould , which recorded a series of investigations by the author, pertaining to the myth of Loch Ness. The book also alluded to the fact that the origin of this creature can
Does It Or Doesn't It Exist?
The massive hue and cry also left the scientific community intrigued who started undertaking extensive investigations to substantiate the claims of the creature’s existence or dismiss it. A British research team led by Adam Shine has spearheaded the Loch Ness Project and has assiduously tried to form some scientific rationale behind the creature’s existence. The ecology of the region was closely studied, for they felt for a creature like Loch Ness to survive , it had to leave certain distinct ecological footprint. For instance, if one considers fish to be the creature’s staple diet, then the copious amount of fish it will consume needs to be supported by a massive quantity of zooplankton which is fed by the fish. So there has to be vast swathes of zooplanktons in Loch Ness to maintain ecological balance. However, despite 30 years of extensive research the scientists have failed to find any evidence of such ecological anomaly that could have proven Nessie’s reality.
In 2003 a BBC team employed 600 sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to scour every inch of Loch Ness, looking for this creature. But, unfortunately they also could not find any trace of the monster.
The series of scientific drawbacks in its search has made the scientific community out rightly dismiss any proof of the creature’s existence. They rejected all the evidence of sightings and photographs to be anecdotal, a mixture of hoaxes and figments of imagination.
Despite any scientific credence to proof its existence, the legend and the myth of the Loch Ness monster still endure in the hearts and minds of its staunchest believers.