The world has always been fascinated with mythical creatures and inexplicable events or phenomena. This fascination supplied a lot of fictional stories and nowadays, we cannot know if a story is true or false. But according to an old saying, behind every legend is a grain of truth. One of the most popular legends in the world is the story of the Loch Ness Monster. Everyone knows about Nessie and some have claimed to have actually seen the monster. But are those claims real or just an attempt to gain attention and publicity?
History Of Loch Ness!
The first mention of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 A.D., and started as a Catholic statement.. According to the legend, St. Columba defeated a giant snake from the Loch Ness lake and drove it back into the depths of the water. Even if it sounds like an amazing story, historians tend to believe that this was nothing more than an allegory. St. Columba symbolizes divinity and the snake represents the devil. However, this story became viral and it embraced some worldwide popularity. It remained a legend until 1933, when something interesting happened.
On April 21, 1934, Daily Mail released a controversial photo, with what appeared to be the first real evidence of the Loch Ness Monster. It goes without saying that this picture started a lot of arguments. Some people confirmed the story, saying that they saw the monster too, while some of them were reserved and denied its existence. However, a few decades later, the story proved to be nothing more than a farce. The same Daily Mail also published an article in 1994 saying that the previous photo was nothing more than an elaborated scam, designed to draw attention towards Loch Ness.
Still, many things happened between 1934 and 1994 and in this time, people wanted to demonstrate the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, so the lake was one of the most visited places in Scotland. People were organizing surveillance plans and were monitoring the lake 24/7, hoping that "Nessie" would finally show itself. Because of the public pressure, two British universities organized expeditions in the Loch Ness Lake with the purpose of discovering the monster. Even though the expeditions didn't achieve a conclusive result, some unknown moving objects were detected and nobody could explain them.
More Proof Of Loch Ness' Existence?
Another relevant expedition was conducted in 1975, when Boston's Academy of Science launched sonars and underwater cameras into the lake. The results were inconclusive as well but there was one interesting photo. This photo seemed to present a giant flipper of an unknown creature. After 1975, other expeditions were organized, but none of them reached a conclusive result. After 1994, when Daily Mail admitted that the 1934 photo was a farce, people lost their enthusiasm regarding the Monster of Loch Ness.
However, the story of the Loch Ness Monster is still a very interesting one and there are many people who still believe in its existence. Even if no one can tell us the answer, we can admit that this is an impressive story, even if it's true...or not.
Every time I step into the ocean, I can't help but have such thoughts. In fact, I bought a kayak from Killer Kayaks known as the Oru Bay but after writing this piece? I'm not so sure I want to head out on a boating expedition, solo, without good friends.
So: do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?