THANKS a loch, guys! Yesterday The Sun revealed how experts believe a huge shape videoed in the murky depths of Loch Ness could be the fabled monster.
The mythical stories go back 1,500 years – but how much do you know about the elusive creature? Lynsey Clarke lists all that’s Ness-essary to know.
The beginnings of the myth of the Loch Ness monster date back 1,500 years ago[/caption]
Where it all began
THE legend dates from the sixth century when a man was drowned by a mystery creature.
Irish monk Saint Columba told a follower to swim the loch but saved him with the sign of the cross, ordering the “monster” not to touch him.
Athletes taking part in a triathlon in 2005 were insured against bites from Nessie[/caption]
The first modern sighting
IN the 1930s the construction of the A82 road along the loch’s north shore is said to have forced Nessie up from the depths due to the drilling and disruption.
In the first modern sighting, local couple John and Aldie Mackay saw something resembling a “whale” in April 1933.
IN 2005, athletes taking part in a triathlon that started with a Loch Ness swim were insured against bites from Nessie.
Event director David Hart said: “These competitors will be psyched up so there’s going to be a lot of noise – just the sort of thing that might annoy a prehistoric lake monster.
“Or even worse, it might give it an appetite.”
Possibly a dinosaur
THEORIES have included that the monster is a giant wels catfish, which can grow up to 16ft long and weigh 62st.
Another said the creature is a prehistoric plesiosaur – an otherwise extinct marine reptile that somehow survived.
In 1968 Birmingham University scientists found sonar evidence of large moving objects in the loch. One was several metres long and moved at up to 17mph.
Did you know?
- There have been 1,104 plausible sightings of Nessie
- A 100ft-long dark shape was pictured in the loch on Apple Maps in 2014
- The annual worth of Nessie to the Scottish economy is £41m
- Some believe Nessie is an eel from the Sargasso Sea, 3,000 miles away
IN 2013 actor Charlie Sheen launched a 24-hour hunt for Nessie using a wooden boat, a hook, rope, leg of lamb and some malt whisky.
He, his team and a guide were unsuccessful.
Experts now believe the Loch Ness Monster is really a giant eel[/caption]
Purely a hoax
THE most famous photo of Nessie – with its long neck craning out of the water, above – was a hoax.
Printed in the Daily Mail, the “Surgeon’s photo” was taken by London gynaecologist Robert Wilson in 1934.
In 1994 it emerged that it had been faked using a toy submarine and an artificial head.
The annual worth of Nessie to the Scottish economy is £41m[/caption]
Nessie in pop culture
NESSIE has made many appearances in popular culture . . . including Ted Danson’s 1996 film Loch Ness and 2004’s Scooby-Doo! And The Loch Ness Monster.
The creature is named in Pixar movie Monsters, Inc as “one of the monsters who were banned from Monstropolis”.
Researchers set out to probe theories of the ‘monster’s’ true identity and ruled out that Nessie is a plesiosaur, a sturgeon or giant catfish[/caption]
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