Article by Monsters and Myths
Loch Ness is located in the North of Scotland and is one of a series of interlinked loch's which run along the great Glen. For many years now this has been the home of likely the most famous lake monster in history the "Loch Ness Monster" or better know as "Nessie". There have been nessie sightings going on in the loch for at least the last 100 years. Through many sightings and media reports the legend of nessie has continued to grow throughout the years.
Loch Ness is a massive loch reaching twenty two and a half miles long and between one and one and a half miles wide with depths in the range of 750-800 ft. It is the largest fresh water body of water in Britain. The loch is thought to have been connected to the ocean at two different points in history lending credence to the fact that large creatures could have become trapped in the loch. The size and depth of this great loch made it extremely difficult to explore even with modern technology. This alone helps to feed the possibility of there being a yet undiscovered creature inhabiting loch ness even today.
The sighting of nessie and various reports have offered an array of photo's and descriptions of the creature through out the years. Many reports have been published and details made public from as far back as 1933 by locals Mr & Mrs Mackay who spotted the creature while driving down the lochside and in 1934 on April 19th which is one of the most well known nessie sightings to date. This sighting was reported by Robert Kenneth Wilson and it was this sighting that produced the "Surgeons Photo" which is now a widely recognisable photo (shown above). This photo has had the most impact on the nessie legend over the last 66 years and brought up many many debates on its authenticity. This photo fueled the idea that the creature in the loch may be a thought to be extinct Plesiosaur. In 1960 Tim Dinsdale is credited with taking what is now considered to be the greatest piece of evidence proving the existence of Nessie. On April 23rd after being on the lake for several days exploring he took a 16MM camera video of the creature moving across the loch and then turning parallel to the far shore and headed down the loch before running out of film. The film was later developed and instantly became proof of some unknown animal inhabiting the loch. This film was further studied by the RAF in 1966 and a conclusion was made that it was not a surface vessel of anykind but some animate object in Loch Ness.
The debate goes on among scientist as to the question of the loch having enough food to sustain a breading population of such large creatures. Some scientist claim that studies done of the loch's food chain show 1-27 tonnes and many say that is simply not enough to feed such a population of creatures. Although other do argue that the large amounts of salmon that migrate into the loch each year along with the large amounts of eels could easily boost these food source numbers and easily sustain a food source over the years for such creatures.
With the amount of sightings from people living on the loch all there lives and visitors abound its hard to deny that there is something very interesting and mysterious about Loch Ness whether that be Nessie or not. The only thing that can be done is to continue to research the loch and take into account the new sightings and stories and keep a close eye out for the piece of evidence that can one day prove the creatures existence.
Does Loch Ness contain the creature everyone has become enchanted with? Does Nessie truly exist and is just waiting to be discovered?
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