The Loch Ness Monster: Hoax or Freak of Nature?
Mystery Casebook Published: 8:48 AM 2/3/2011

Brittney Stewart

Lake Monster said to inhabit Loch Ness Lake in Scotland

The Loch Ness Monster, or "Nessie," has been seen swimming the lake since 1933. Though there is still no proof of its existence, many people still believe Nessie exists.

The fact that so many people have seen this animal makes you wonder, is it real? Every myth has to start somewhere.

History

The story started in 1933, when reportedly, George Spicer and his wife were riding around the lake when and enormous dragon-like creature came out of the trees and crossed the road. It was said to have an extremely long neck and to be around 25 feet long.

Shortly after Spicer's encounter, several others followed including one where a young lady watched the creature for 20 minutes before it finally disappeared into the water.

Her description of the animal was very similar to Spicer's, saying it had a very long neck, and it was gray like an elephant.

Evidence

There has been no hard evidence proving the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. But there have been pictures and even films showing the animal, but they are not clear enough to be called hard evidence. The most famous evidence is the picture taken by Robert Wilson called 'Surgeons Photograph'. This picture was later discovered to be a hoax. Three films have shown the reported monster swimming, two have been ruled out while one is still questionable.

Could it be Real?

The answer is yes, there is a small possibility that an unknown animal could be living in Loch Ness. Most people suggest that it is an animal thought to be extinct. The Plesiosaur for instance, has been extinct for centuries but some people still believe in its existence.

Though this would be extremely unlikely, as the Plesiosaur was a cold blooded animal, and must have warm waters to survive. Loch Ness Lake however, is quite cool with the average temperature around 40 degrees.

Another issue would be the food supply, if Nessie was as large as the eyewitnesses report, then it would need a bigger food supply then that of Loch Ness Lake. Also, since the lake is only about 10,000 years old, would have to ask, how did it get there?

If it is indeed a dinosaur. It could, however, be an animal that is much more common such as otters, seals, birds and even eels, which have been known to inhabit the lake.

Sources:

The Legend of Nessie: Retrieved August 28, 2008

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

Scotland Calling: Retrieved August 28, 2008

http://www.scotland-calling.com/loch-ness-monster.htm

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/991658/the_loch_ness_monster_hoax_or_freak.html?cat=37

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