The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster

Loch ness monsterWe are always fascinated by mysteries and the study of the unknown. The Bermuda Triangle, the Abominable Snowman, Big Foot, the chupacabra – all reside in the realm of the uncomprehensible. Some people believe they exist, while others simply shrug these world mysteries off. One of the most famous mysteries that remain controversial and unsolved is the Loch Ness Monster.

The Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie, is a mysterious and unidentified creature believed to inhabit Scotland’s Loch Ness lake. The alleged animal is said to have a long and slender neck with a rectangular and flat head. It has a rounded body with four large flippers.

Some witnesses report the monster to have a long and slender tail while many others claim it is thicker and shorter. It has large eyes on either side of its head. Many reports that the Loch Ness monster has dark tan or grey color, and ranges from the size of an adult elephant to the size of a whale.

Sightings

The monster came to the world’s attention in 1993 when the Courier published the claim of a London man who said he had seen "the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life." The next month, a student reported a similar encounter while he was on a night drive. The mystery has since then become an obsession for many people.

Since 1933 a lot of sightings of Nessi have been reported, but recently have declined from more than 10 every year in the 1990s to only three in 2006.

Nessie in photographs and films

Evidence of the alleged animal are captured on a number of photographs and films. The "Surgeon’s Photograph", supposedly taken in 1934 by London gynecologist Robert Kenneth Wilson, is the most celebrated photographic evidence that shows the head and neck of the creature. Sixty years later, scientists and photography experts dismissed the image as a hoax.

There is also the film by a South African tourist shot in 1938. It was later revealed that the figure was just an ordinary inanimate object. In 1960, an aeronautical engineer filmed a hump that was crossing the lake in a strong wake different from that of a boat. A computer expert who examined the film found what seemed to be humps of a plesiosaur-like body. Up to now, no one really knows whether the film is just another hoax.

Could the monster be an evolution of a dinosaur who survived the general extinction, an alien creature, a giant eel, an elephant trunk, a long-necked seal, or a non-physical entity or thought form? While scientists are quick to reject its existence, many people continue to believe that the Loch Ness Monster is real.

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