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The Loch Ness Monster

This Article was written by Claudio Paes De Almeida Neto, Year 9

Have you ever heard of the Loch Ness Monster?

It is an old myth, which started in 565 AD (as I said, it’s old!), suggesting a monster lives in the depth of Loch Ness, a lake in Scotland.

Illustration by Nora Einarsdotter, Year 7

The Loch Ness Monster is a highly discussed theory.

Some people out-and-inside Scotland say that Nessie, the name given to the Loch Ness Monster, is not real. However, the great majority of the Scottish population believe in its existence. It was first discovered in 565 AD, as a mysteriously large creature with flippers. There are many mixed views about Nessie. Many pictures have been taken by people showing the alleged monster, but many of them appeared to be fake.

Many people hold on to the theory and claim to have seen the sea creature.

“I do believe in the Loch Ness Monster because it looks realistic and some say there have been sightings of Nessie. It’s also quite cute in small pictures!“- one fellow year 7 student said, when asked if they think Nessie is real or not.

Other people interviewed thought shared some alternative viewpoints:

”I don’t really believe that the Loch Ness Monster is real because most proof of it has been debunked already- and there isn’t legitimate evidence of it existing.”

But why is Nessie SO famous?

Nessie is considered a legend, that exists with many other monsters and urban legends; like the Yeti, Bigfoot, and other mythical creatures. The Loch Ness Monster is also popular beyond Scotland, and has become a tourist attraction of its own.

Fun facts about Loch Ness:

  • The first picture was taken in 1933, has been the only picture which shows the head of the creature. However, it was considered to be a fake photo, possibly staged by using a small toy submarine- with wood and plastic posing as the "head of the monster."

  • The Loch Ness heavily resembles a plesiosaur, an ancient marine dinosaur.

  • In 1933, a couple had reported footprints of which were supposably left by what they thought to be Nessie. It was confirmed to have been a Hippopotamus footprint.

  • Many scientists and hunters have adventured on searches to find the Loch Ness Monster; using submarines, sonar beams and satellite navigation. None of the expeditions, however, have been successful.

What do you think? Share your ideas in the comment section below!

Let us know which conspiracy theories you would like to see us discuss next.


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