Many urban legends have endured through the ages, whether it be monsters such as Bigfoot, Mothman, or the Yeti. However, while almost everyone has heard of these characters, their existence is debated. One of the oldest is the Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie.
The Loch Ness Monster's first recorded sighting was by an Irish Monk named Saint Columbia. According to legend, he banished the beast to the loch, a large body of water in Scotland, and the creature still lives there today. In 1933, the monster was sighted again and its most iconic photograph was taken.
Naturally, such a beast would inspire searches. Many investigations of the monster have occurred over the years. Though the task may sound easy, the loch is the largest body of water in Scotland at over 20 miles long and 750 feet deep. However, this summer, investigators conducted the largest search since 1972, with equipment that was far more advanced such as thermal drones. The search did not produce any evidence of the beast. However, there were reports of a dark shadow and strange previously undetected noises from the loch. The beast in question, unfortunately, was not sighted.
Nessie’s existence has not been proven or disproven. There have been too many sightings for it to be a complete myth, though a large reptilian beast seems impossible! Even so, scientists have come up with a possibility. Nessie may be a giant eel. Scientists tested the DNA in the water and found evidence of giant eels dwelling in the loch.
The hunt for Nessie may seem like just a search for a beast but it is a part of the region’s culture. Its potential existence fascinates us and inspires more individuals to attempt to seek it out and find out the truth.
[Source: CNN, PBS, New York Times]