Did you know that a mythical creature lived in a freshwater lake in Scotland? Maybe you have heard about this Loch Ness Monster before or the name of it here and there. Or maybe you have seen the humps protruding from the water.
People of Scotland near the lake called Loch Ness have seen this mysterious creature’s sightings randomly. Some of them tried to explain the matter with logic and science. Whereas some of the folklore storytellers say, its existence is the undeniable truth.
In this article, I will talk about the Loch Ness Monster and see if it’s something incredible.
What is This Loch Ness Monster?
Let’s find out where the name Loch Ness came from. Loch Ness is the name of a freshwater lake in the Scottish highlands. The inhabitance of the monster in River Ness named it the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ or people of the area affectionately call it ‘Nessie.’
Being the creature from Scottish folklore, it was not that much known before the mid-20th century. In 1933, when a magazine named Courier published the alleged sighting of George Spicer, people became enthusiastic about the Loch Ness Monster.
How can a huge monster like this be seen in such a near-inhabited area? The thing is, the waterbody is not that small in size. The lake is the largest volume in Great Britain, having a depth of 800 feet and 23 miles in length. According to Scottish folklore, you will be amazed to know that the Loch Ness monster’s history dates back to 2500 years ago.
How Does It Look Like?
People have described its presence and features in different fashions throughout history. The most recognized feature of Nessie suggests that it is large and long-necked, having one or more humps that protrude from the water’s surface.
Some people described it as an enormous animal that attacks people who get near the lake and in the water.
Almost half a thousand years ago, an Irish Saint, Saint Columba, described his confrontation with the water beast. He wrote when e and his comrades were residing in the Pictish homeland when they saw locals trying to bury a man by the River.
They explained that despite their efforts to save him by craft, the man was assaulted while swimming in the River by a “water beast” that clawed and pulled him below. Just think about the situation they were in. It gives me chills!
Luigne Moccu Min, a companion sent by Columba, swan over the River. Columba made the cross of faith when the beast confronted him and yelled: “Stop right there. Stay away from the dude. Go back right away.”
Somehow at that moment, a miracle happened. The Loch Ness Monster left after appearing to have been it was drawn back with cords. And Columba’s troops and the Picts expressed gratitude for what they saw as a miracle.
What do you think about the creature’s appearance? Don’t tell me it will come in dreams to terrify you!
Did Anyone Else Really See That Animal?
Let’s talk about other eyewitness accounts of people who have experienced this Loch Ness Monster of the River Ness. People had different experiences in different situations regarding that monster.
Moreover, some people have described their Loch Ness Monster sightings as exciting phenomena or creatures of nature.
Like D. Mackenzie reported, it is an upturned boat or log-resembling object which can move slowly or even pretty fast. In contrast, Alexander Macdonald described its feature as a stubby-legged creature.
On the other side of the story, Aldie Mackay had seen this creature as a white whale-like large fish rolling around on the water’s surface.
Before all this, there was no accurate sketch of Nessie. The findings and many sightings of the Loch Ness Monster’s existence were merely vague artifacts. But in 1934, a motorcyclist named Arthur Grant drew a sketch that he described as a crossbreed between a plesiosaur and a seal.
After that, again in 1934, a London gynecologist, Robert Kenneth Wilson, took a photo of a long-necked creature that features the loch ness monster’s neck and head, which was published in the Daily Mail. The photo is called ‘Surgeon’s photograph,’ and it created a huge fuss about the Loch Ness Monster.
After that, many regular and sonar images of the monster that inhabited the River were mentioned, but no actual evidence was found.
Fun fact! Did you know some people believe that the Loch Ness Monster is just a hoax that was shown in the movie ‘King Kong’ and after that, people started to believe its presence?
Is It Really An Extinct Animal Or Something Else?
Let’s talk about what scientists think about these types of animals. Some scientists think it is just human psychology that created Nessie, which appears to them as something other than what it is.
Some popular explanation of this freshwater animal is it may be a bird wake or oversized eel based on the sonar data. Some scientists say that it is just boat wakes or an elephant which was mistaken as a long neck. Some zoologists think of it as a Greenland shark or Wels catfish. Others have their opinion on different animals.
But, something raised the question of the loch ness monsters’ presence for real. Hundred million-year-old plesiosaur fossils have been found in the Sahara desert. Their discovery suggests the land was a freshwater body over 100 million years ago, and long-extinct plesiosaurs lived in that area back then.
The plesiosaur fossils can prove the reality of Nessie, that lived million years ago from today. The DNA survey will tell about the presence of Nessie, which inhabits the earth as a dragon or other unknown creature.
Maybe they saw some boats floating on the water. However, some underwater photography can answer this question, I believe.
What do you think about these fresh or saltwater animals that inhabit the Scottish River? Is it just some type of hoax that the storytellers preached? Or is it a toy submarine or a bunch of marine reptiles that we were fooled by?
It doesn’t matter if it is a sea serpent that lives in a saltwater body or is inspired by the ‘King Kong’ movie. Now, the place has attracted millions of tourists who wish to see the Loch Ness Monster for just a second.
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