The Loch Ness Monster – Is it real or just a myth?

Is the Loch Ness Monster real or a just a made up crazy myth? This is probably one of the biggest debates and conspiracy theories of our time. The Loch Ness monster resides in Loch Ness, Scotland in the UK, and has been an ongoing debate for hundreds of years. Images of the monster have frequented newspapers both locally and globally since newspapers have been printed. As with any conspiracy theory, there are arguments both for and against the monsters existence. Hopefully this article can shed a little light and help you to make up your own mind.

The first rumours of a monster circulating the water of Loch Ness dates back as far as AD 565 when Saint Columba reported sighting the beast. It’s said that Saint Columba was trying to cross the loch when he seen a group of men on the loch’s bank attending to one of their group after the man had encountered the water beast and escaped. Columba then searched the waters for himself where he seen the beast in its flesh.

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After this original story the tales began that a monster lived in the loch but no further proof of it’s existence came until the 1930’s. In 1934 London gynaecologist Robert Wilson traveled to the loch to gather proof of Nessie’s existence. He captured an image that was printed in newspapers worldwide, probably the most famous image of the monster. It wasn’t until years later in 1984 when Wilson’s son admitted to others that the images his father had taken were in fact fraudulent. This was later proved by scientists in 1994 when they revealed that the images were fake. Wilson had set up a toy dinosaur and attached it to something that would float and then planted it in the loch. He set up his camera in such a way that the monster would appear to look a lot bigger, and look real.

In the 1970’s scientists again tried to seek proof of the monsters existence and lowered microphones into the loch to see if they could pick up any unusual sounds to which there was no avail. It was also in the 1970’s when former army captain Frank Searle, went in hunt of Nessie. He managed to get images that again were proved to be fake and turned out to be nothing more than a tree trunk floating in the loch.

Credit: Jo Knight – Image from www.bbc.co.uk

The number of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have grown in recent years with 8 registered sightings for 2017. Dr Jo Knight from Lancaster University managed to snap an image of the monsters “fin” when she visited the sight last year. In October of last year a lady who was on her honeymoon also claimed to have seen the monster in the loch. The most famous image of the beast from 2017 came from Google Maps. Google sent out a team to capture a view of the Loch Ness and when users zoomed in on street view, low and behold, you can see the animal.

Credit: Google Maps

It’s not only through people’s stories and images (fake or real) that the monster has become so popular, it has also featured on tv shows. In 1999, The Simpsons aired an episode named “Monty can’t buy me love” and the entire episode is based on millionaire and power plant owner Mr Burns searching for the animal and finding it. He uses the help of Scottish born Groundskeeper Willie to help reel in the animal.

With all the popularity built around the Loch Ness Monster, it’s easy to see how the tourism industry has absolutely boomed. It’s said that the tourism from Nessie has brought in over 38 million dollars, a number which continues to grow over the years. So wether the locals believe the legend of the Loch Ness Monster to be real or fake, I can see why they are eager to keep pushing it.

I don’t think this question will ever truly be able to be answered, until we actually see physical proof of the monster in real life. Even at that point, I believe there will still be a lot of people who would argue that the physical evidence was created in a lab somewhere. This argument will continue for years to come, but the most important question is, do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?