Interesting and Fun Facts About the Loch Ness Monster

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There are plenty of interesting and fun facts about the Loch Ness monster, including its origins, first sightings and a few good hoaxes. Whatever be the truth or rumor, facts about the Nessie still amaze us.

Loch Ness Monster Sightings

With the recent sighting of a long-necked sea creature at the Saltern Cove near Goodrington, the mystery of the Loch Ness monster has resurfaced. The strange creature was spotted by Gill Pierce in July 27. She captured it with her camera and reported to the Marine Conservative Society. While experts are baffled by this recent sighting, some believe it may be a sperm whale. But, according to Gill, sperm whales don’t come that closer to the shore. Moreover the unidentified creature had a reptilian-like head.

While this “new Loch Ness monster” has certainly raised some very important questions about the existence of such mythical creatures, there are still some unanswered mysteries revolving around the original Loch Ness beast. Here are some of the most unusual and fun facts about the Loch Ness monster that will leave you amazed:

Unusual and Fun Facts About the Loch Ness Monster

Does History Tell Us Something About Nessie?

* References of a strange marine creature along the banks of the Ness Lake first appeared in a book called Life of St. Columba in the 7th century. Written by Adomanan, the book mentions St. Columba’s encounter with a “water beast” in 565 A.D.

* A plesiosaur hieroglyph carved in an ancient Egyptian stone also hints the existence of such long-necked creatures. Most people are of the opinion that the current Loch Ness monster sightings are actually plesiosaur sightings.

* Ancient Vikings also have reported sightings of strange water beasts some 2,000 years ago. The Abbey of Iona has a Celtic cross, which has a strange symbol at its center similar to the Loch Ness monster sightings.

* The Chinese mythology also mentions “water dragons” which resemble the current sighting.

The First Nessie Sightings

* The first Loch Ness monster sightings were reported in 1933 by the Spicer couple. They saw a strange creature “having a large body” crossing the road. Soon, random land sightings of the same large creature were reported by people near the lake.

* The reports of the Nessie sightings seemed so authentic that a big game hunter was hired to catch the water beast. The hunter’s name was Marmaduke Whetherell.

The Surgeon’s Photograph

The most famous Nessie photograph taken by surgeon R.K. Wilson made headlines in 1934. It was famously known as the “Surgeon’s Photo”. Sadly, the photographed turned out a hoax, but it enjoyed authenticity for more than 50 years until it was proved a hoax in 1994.

Loch Ness – Home of the Nessie

* Interesting and fun facts about the Loch Ness monster reveal that an average of twenty sightings is reported every year. Most sightings report of a strange creature with a big hump, long neck and large body. However, many of the sightings are plain optical illusions of sightings of shoals of fishes.

* Loch Ness is Britain’s largest fresh water body, and is so deep that it can hold the Earth’s entire population. The Loch Ness monster is believed to be hiding the depths of the lake, inside underwater caverns 800 feet below!

References

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1299023/The-new-Nessie-Mystery-sea-creature-spotted-British-coast.html

http://www.wyrdology.com/cryptozoology/nessie.html

http://www.faqs.org/shareranks/2288,Top-20-interesting-facts-about-the-Loch-Ness-Monster

http://www.lochness.co.uk/nessie/nessie.html

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