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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Loch Ness

St Columba the Irish missionary who brought Christianity to Scotland is said to be the first person to have encountered the Loch Ness monster. The story goes that on August 22, 565 the saint banished a ferocious "water beast" to the depths of the River Ness after it had killed a Pict and then tried to attack Columba's disciple.

The legend of the Loch Ness monster began on May 2, 1933 when the Inverness Courier published an article, by local reporter and Loch Ness water bailiff Alex Campbell, about a sighting of "a beast" in Loch Ness by unnamed locals a fortnight earlier.

Interest in the Loch Ness monster was heightened by a sighting on July 22, 1933, when George Spicer and his wife saw "a most extraordinary form of animal" cross the road in front of their car.

The following year the "Surgeon's Photograph," a photo by London gynaecologist Robert Kenneth Wilson purportedly showing the monster (later revealed to be a hoax), was published in the Daily Mail on April 21, 1934.

The "Surgeon's Photograph" of 1934, now known to have been a hoax.Wikipedia

The earliest recorded use of 'Nessie' as an affectionate name for the Loch Ness Monster was in the Baltimore Sun in 1945.

On October 11, 1987, an investigation using £1 million worth of sonar equipment failed to find any evidence for the Loch Ness monster.

Steve Feltham holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Loch Ness Monster search, having been camped at Loch Ness since 1991.

In 2009, a search of Loch Ness for the Loch Ness monster located 100,000 golf balls.

2013 was the first year no one has seen the Loch Ness monster since 1933.

Loch Ness is 23 miles long, one mile wide and 51 feet above sea level.


Loch Ness is so deep that it contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. 

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