Is The Loch Ness Monster Real? [Scottish Monsters]
The Loch Ness in Scotland is the largest body of water (by volume) in the entire United Kingdom. Its 23-mile length and nearly 800-foot maximum depth make it a truly ominous sight. Therefore, it is understandable why people have long pondered what strange creatures might dwell beneath the lake’s mysterious surface, possibly creatures like the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
Is the Loch Ness Monster Real?
A tribe of ferocious speakers of the Celtic language known as the Pictsor, also known as “painted people” because of their penchant for tattoos, started to create images of a strange animal that they thought was aquatic because of its flipper-like feet and spout-like head as early as the first century A.D. This strange creature is still unknown, in contrast to the other animals that the tribe accurately and thoroughly described. In their attempt to explain the phenomenon, some historians have referred to it as a swimming elephant.
In 565 A.D., Saint Columba, an Irish abbot credited with introducing Christianity to Scotland, claimed to have seen an enormous creature attack a swimmer in the lake. This was the first recorded instance of a water-loving monster specific to Loch Ness. Columba gave the monster the order to “go back with all speed” with a little assistance from above. By some miracle, the monster submitted, and the swimmer lived.
By the 20th century, stories were much less mysterious, which helped them be believed and rekindled the public’s curiosity about any additional secrets Loch Ness might be holding. For instance, when the road along the lake’s edge was finished in 1933, drivers had a close-up view of Loch Ness. It wasn’t long before two locals believed they had seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface” when they returned from a springtime drive.
The modern-day legend of the Loch Ness Monster began when The Inverness Courier described the encounter using the word “monster” rather than “animal.” Local newspapers and radio programs started regularly updating listeners on the progress of the monster hunt after another report came in that the creature had been seen crossing the shoreline road. A British circus offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture the animal that fall. By winter, the London Daily Mail had issued a challenge to Marmaduke Wetherell, a British actor-turned-big-game hunter, to locate the legendary beast. Wetherell made plaster casts of the monster footprints he miraculously discovered and sent them to the Natural History Museum in London for inspection. Shortly after, The Daily Mail declared: “MONSTER OF LOCH NESS IS NOT LEGEND BUT A FACT.”
Due to the museum’s delayed analysis of the casts, Christmas brought a large influx of “Nessie” devotees to the Loch Ness region, including the town of Inverness. Unfortunately for Wetherell, the prints were deemed to be fake and most likely only represented the imprint of a stuffed hippopotamus foot (a strange detail in an already strange tale). The scientific community spent the following thirty years discrediting any fresh reports of a sighting, labeling them optical illusions at best and outright hoaxes at worst. The public’s perception of the existence of the monster quickly soured, and the scientific community quickly lost the public’s support.
But thousands of witnesses continued to come forward and provide information. There was also a picture—you might even call it the picture. It has remained the most recognizable photograph of Nessie ever taken. It was allegedly taken in 1934 by British doctor Robert Wilson. You undoubtedly recognize it: a black and white photograph of water rippling around a serpent-like creature on the lake’s surface. A local doctor named Constance Whyte collected these accounts into a book titled More Than a Legend in 1957. “The vindication of many people of integrity who had reported honestly what they had seen in Loch Ness,” was her stated objective.
Perhaps surprisingly, Whyte’s book caught the attention of a few organizations, and from the 1950s to the 1970s, investigations were launched to determine what all those eyewitnesses may have witnessed. New sonar and underwater camera technology helped with the search in 1975 when they captured images of what appeared to be an animal flipper and a large, moving object at the same time. However, they were unsure of exactly what they had seen. Even though sonar blips in the 1980s and 1990s kept believers hopeful, their faith took a serious hit in 1994 when the validity of the famous 1934 photograph was called into question. Marmaduke Wetherell, the hunter tasked with discovering the Loch Ness Monster, appeared to have set up the photograph by attaching a toy submarine’s head to a serpentine neck.
That hasn’t stopped experts and novices from revisiting old leads and looking for new ones. They assert that the lack of definitive evidence for Nessie’s existence does not equate to definitive evidence against it. Keep an eye on the lake if you ever find yourself in the Shire of Inverness. One never knows what might appear.
What’s the latest with the Loch Ness monster?
People have naturally made similar efforts with the Loch Ness legend ever since a parody Facebook event encouraged a raid on the Air Force base that some claim may house extraterrestrial research (and aliens), and almost two million Facebook users indicated their desire to attend. Because “Nessie can’t hide from us all,” according to a Facebook event with the catchphrase “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” believers are urged to visit the Scottish location.
The Loch Ness event had 20,000 attendees as of Monday afternoon and another 41,000 users were “interested.” It will take place on Saturday, September 21 at 3 a.m., which is precisely 24 hours after the planned time of the Area 51 “raid.”
The British government isn’t excluding the possibility of tourists storming this fabled lake despite the fact that it’s obviously a joke — the Area 51 instigator has claimed his event was entirely satire made for the memes. A spokesperson for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which keeps watch over the lake, joked that they have their “own set of problems” despite the fact that it’s less dramatic than raiding a U.S. military base.
The spokesperson continued, “Visitors should exercise extreme caution at this frequently icy destination, as the RNLI’s lifeboat is not large enough for this number of people. According to the spokesperson, the “attendees” of this event will put a strain on the Atlantic 85 lifeboat’s impressive survivor-carrying capacity.
When Did The Loch Ness Monster Start?
According to the science program NOVA on PBS, this myth and legend can be traced all the way back to the first century A.D., when Romans first arrived in Northern Scotland and saw the Pict tribe’s representations of an unfamiliar animal. According to PBS science filmmaker Stephen Lyons, the Romans described this animal as “a strange beast with an elongated beak or muzzle, a head locket or spout, and flippers instead of feet.” It’s not the only monster that has captured the imagination of Scots: according to Lyons, local folklore has a long relationship with bodies of water that hide enormous animals.
Between 500 and 650 A.D., the first literary reference to a monster loitering in Loch Ness appeared. “I would find it delightful to be in Uchd Ailiun… In Saint Adamnan’s biography of the Scottish Saint Columba, it is written, “Over the watery ocean; That I might see the sea monsters.”
The story goes on to say that Saint Columba expelled the Loch Ness monster using the “power of god.” Additionally, Nicholas Witchell discovered other allusions to large creatures residing in the lake in his 1974 book The Loch Ness Story.
However, in 1933, a local newspaper, the Inverness Courier, published an article with an eye-witness account of a couple who had seen a large “monster” in Loch Ness. This is when Nessie first gained international attention. This sparked a widespread obsession with the creature in Britain and elsewhere. Following the publication of that story, according to Witchell’s estimation in his book, thousands of people came forward with assertions that they had personally witnessed Nessie. (NOVA has gathered a few recent articles online.)
However, the real story started in 1934 when the Daily Mail ran a picture of the “monster” on its front page. According to TIME’s 100 Photos project, it was dubbed the “surgeon’s photo” because a doctor, Robert Wilson, is said to have sold it to the Mail. Even though the infamous and (possibly original) viral image was later exposed as a hoax in the 1990s, the legend surrounding this unsettling lake monster hasn’t faded.
According to his blog, Steve Feltham, who has spent nearly three decades searching for the Loch Ness monster, acknowledged in 2015 that the alleged “monster” is probably just a big fish. Feltham said he doesn’t “regret” the time he spent waiting for Nessie in an interview with The Times of London. He does, however, think she is simply a Wels catfish, a native fish that can grow to be 13 feet long, according to Reuters.
Despite Feltham’s claim, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History claims that the Loch Ness monster is one of the most frequently asked questions, even though Nessie doesn’t have a dedicated scientist on staff. However, this does not imply that Nessie has been sidelined by the museum. “No evidence has been found to support the existence of a monster in Loch Ness as of yet. According to the Smithsonian’s encyclopedia, “even though most scientists think the likelihood of a monster is low, they keep an open mind as scientists should and wait for concrete proof in the form of skeletal evidence or the actual capture of such a creature.
Can you swim in Loch Ness?
No. Loch Ness is not really a swimming hole. Swimming directly in the loch is hazardous year-round due to its average water temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, claims Visit Inverness Loch Ness, which arranges tours of the area (41 degrees Fahrenheit). The organization’s website states that “aside from the small matter of Nessie lurking deep beneath the surface, the water is bitterly cold all year round.” You will experience hypothermia quickly in these chilly conditions.
Therefore, even though you might or might not run into the monster, it’s best to stay away from these icy waters.
However, there are other shallow areas close by that are much warmer than the deep waters of the loch itself, such as North and South Loch Ness. Observe Inverness For swimming enjoyment, Loch Ness suggests that swimmers visit Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin, Loch nam Bonnach, Loch Duntelchaig, among other places.
What can you do when you visit Loch Ness?
Even if you don’t see the monster, Loch Ness is still a stunning location to visit. Despite the Scottish vacation spot’s chilly temperatures, Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin is a pleasant nearby location for a picnic lunch. It is a beachy national reserve. However, Scottish weather is typically wet and foggy, so be sure to visit during a period of good fortune and cool temperatures.
You can go to the Loch Ness Centre in Drumnadrochit, a village right by Loch Ness, to find out more about the Loch Ness monster and its history. In addition, visitors can visit the Urquhart Castle, which is situated next to the lake and offers stunning views from its tower.
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