The Loch Ness Monster
Facts and TheoriesThe Loch Ness Monster - affectionately known as Nessie - is probably the most famous cryptid in the world. Unlike many of the other strange creatures on these pages Nessie is tied to a single geographic location, albeit a large one. As such it has spawned a massive tourist industry.
Reliable information on the Loch Ness monster is hard to come by, however we can at least say that in 1975 Nessie received an shiny new, official sounding scientific name: Nessiteras rhombopteryx.
Loch Ness FactsLoch Ness is one of a group of interconnected lochs that are found in the area of Scotland known as the Great Glen ("Glen Mor"). The other lochs in the group are Loch Lochy and Loch Oich. The world-wide fame of Nessie has brought commercialisation to the Loch. However the place remains one of great beauty and once in the centre of the vast loch the peace and the atmosphere are wonderful.
Loch Ness is huge - the largest fresh water body in Britain. It is over twenty two miles in length and over a mile and a half at its widest. Total surface area is approximately 21 square miles. Loch Ness is also deep and goes down almost 800 feet. It has been estimated that the loch is large enough to hold the entire population of the world ten times over.
That's more than enough space for a whole family of monsters! Nessie sightings date back to the 6th century and continue in the 21st.
What Is The Loch Ness Monster?So, what is Nessie? Despite all of the research, Loch Ness monster hunters are still unable to agree on the nature of the beast.
The first point to make is that there is no single "Loch Ness monster" as such. It is infeasible that any creature, cryptid or otherwise, could have survived long enough to explain all the sightings over the centuries. There must be a family or small herd of creatures. That herd must be large enough to survive yet small enough to have escaped discovery, a balancing acts many skeptics consider impossible.
Assuming that Nessie exists then the most common explanation is that the creature is a dinosaur that managed to survive extinction. The plesiosaur is the usual candidate.
Another option that seems to have support locally is that the creature is not a dinosaur but some kind of giant eel.
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BBC 'proves' Nessie does not exist