The Monster of Loch Ness

The Loch Ness Monster is an alleged animal, identified neither as to a family or species, but claimed to inhabit Scotland's Loch Ness. The Loch Ness Monster is one of the best-known animals studied by cryptozoology. Popular belief and interest in the animal have come and went over the years since the animal was first discovered in 1933. There has been no scientific evidence of this creature existing, And very minimal, and much disputed, photographic material and sonar readings: there has not been any physical evidence uncovered. Local people, and later many around the world, have affectionately referred to the animal by the diminutive Nessie since the 1950s.

Nessie Had babies?

Loch ness monster caught on google mapsEdinburgh Scotland - a mysterious figure in the Loch Ness Lake recorded from Google Earth looks like a giant tadpole. Those who believe know that this is Nessie, the giant unexplained monster which inhabits the lake. Seen from Google Earth satellite images, these figures do have features like an animal's body. Oval shape with a tail and four parts such as legs or fins.

"It's a dramatic and compelling image," said Cameron McSporran, head of the Institute of Applied Nessieology at Inverness University. "It is probably the most important sighting since 1974, when campers at the Loch Ness caravan park spotted Nessie with a curved head and a long, slender body at four in the morning. It requires a great deal of detailed analysis and close consultation with the Highlands and Islands Tourist Board, but I think at last we are close to silencing the doubters."

The object spotted by Cooke confirms that the "Unexplained monster" is a plesiosaur – an aquatic reptile dating from the Jurassic period 150 million years ago, but it is thought to be extinct like the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Others have speculated that the object could be a boat, a whale, a nuclear submarine that had lost its bearings, or Nessie, who has recently been seen out for an early-morning swim. "This of course is uncertain. "It will take further research, to discover exactly what this is" said Adrian Shine, from the Loch Ness Project.

Unfortunately for Nessie-trackers, the "monster" spotted by Cooke looks an awful lot like a boat. But if you'd like to check it out for yourself, enter the following coordinates in Google Earth: Latitude 57°12'52.13"N, Longitude 4°34'14.16"W.

First spotting of Nessie - The Loch Ness Monster

Loch ness monster first pictureThe earliest report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán, written in the 7th century. According to Adomnán, the Irish monk Saint Columba was staying in the land with his friends when he came across the locals burying a man by the River Ness. They explained that the man had been swimming the river when he was attacked by a "water beast" that had mauled him and dragged him under. They tried to rescue him in a boat, but were only able to drag up his corpse. Hearing this, Columba ordered his follower Luigne moccu Min to swim across the river. The beast came after him, but Columba made the sign of the cross and commanded: "Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once." The beast immediately halted as if it had been "pulled back with ropes" and fled in terror, and both Columba's men and the locals praised God for the miracle.

George Spicer and wife sighting of The Loch Ness Monster

Modern interest in the monster was sparked by the 22 July 1933 sighting, when George Spicer and his wife saw 'a most extraordinary form of animal' cross the road in front of their car. They described the creature as having a large body about 4 feet (1.2 m) high and 25 feet (7.6 m) long), and long, narrow neck, slightly thicker than an elephant's trunk and as long as 10 – 12 feet (3 – 4 m); the neck had a number of wavy wrinkles in it. They saw no limbs, possibly because of a dip in the road obscuring the animal's lower portion. It lurched across the road towards the loch 20 yards (20 m) away, leaving only a trail of broken undergrowth behind it.

In August 1933 a motorcyclist named Arthur Grant claimed to have nearly hit the creature while approaching Abriachan on the north eastern shore, at about 1 am on a moonlit night. Grant claimed that he saw a small head attached to a long neck, and that the creature saw him and crossed the road back into the loch. A veterinary student, he described it as a hybrid between a seal and a plesiosaur. Grant said he dismounted and followed it to the loch, but only saw ripples in the water. However some believe this story was intended as a humorous explanation of a motorcycle accident.

Sporadic land sightings continued until 1963, when film of the creature was shot in the loch from a distance of 4 Kilometers. Because of the distance it was shot at it has been described as poor quality.

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