Loch Ness Monster, Nessie And Me
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The wind was cold and powerful that morning, creating waves on the surface of the loch. But while pulling up to Urquart Castle, I noticed a series of ripples that seemed larger than the rest…. Suddenly a long snake-like neck emerged from the loch, with what appeared to be a head at the top. It had a large hump trailing behind it.
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The clouds broke at just the right moment, allowing sunlight to shine down and reveal a hideous purple beast! The creature glided across the water effortlessly for 30 seconds before quickly diving back into the lake without a trace.
Luckily we managed to snap a photo of Nessie before she disappeared. Other examples include the Yeti, Sasquatch, and Chupacabra. I met a local woman who prefers this explanation. Check out my travel gear guide to help you start packing for your trip. Pick up a travel backpack, camera gear, and other useful travel accessories.
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Affectionately referred to as Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster has inspired search parties, books, studies, tourist attractions, movies, and more. The first recording of a monster in the waters near Loch Ness appeared in the 6th century in Life of St.
In the account, an Irish monk found locals burying a man who they claimed was dragged underwater in the River Ness and killed by a beast. More recently, newspaper stories of the Loch Ness Monster started appearing in the s. One article published in reported a sighting as early as the s. The best-known article appeared in in the Inverness Courier.
The article explored a report from Aldie Mackay, who saw what she described as a beast rolling in the water. After that, letters and photos began streaming in. Other published sightings described the Loch Ness Monster as a dragon, monster fish, sea serpent, creature, or whale. All reports had one thing in common: something large was in the waters of Loch Ness.
The most famous photo depicts a large creature with a long, curved neck poking out of rippling water. Later efforts to track down the Loch Ness monster failed to find anything, including a sonar search in , BBC News reported.
But the story of the Loch Ness monster has grown with its telling. A small tourist industry has built up around the monster at the village of Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness — and sightings of the monster are still reported today. Gemmell said two sightings of the purported monster were reported at Urquhart Castle beside Loch Ness a few days before the survey began.
The scientific team surveyed Loch Ness in June , taking more than water samples from the surface and depths of the lake over a two-week period. They then amplified tiny amounts of the genetic material DNA in the samples to detect different plant and animal species, from cells they had left in the waters of the loch or in water that had run off from the land nearby. Gemmell said the samples showed which animals and plants had interacted with the local environment in the previous 24 to 48 hours. The team didn't find any DNA from plesiosaurs, catfish or sharks in Loch Ness — but they couldn't rule out that Nessie is an overgrown eel.