Loch Ness Monster,
in a highly publicized
photo in 1934.
The Loch Ness
monster! For centuries, the very name has conjured up monsters
of the deep, mysterious happenings and, in more recent memory,
tons of newsprint and famous photos.
But is "Nessie"
Skeptics have claimed the creature is nothing more than flights of imagination
from witnesses who have mistaken it for lake mists, a large seal,
or a floating tree trunk. Millions of people around the world, meanwhile, are keeping an open mind
as the hunt for Nessie continues today as hotly as it did
when it was first reported seen in the Dark Ages.
Historic Loch Ness sightings & photos
know report is from none other than Scottish St.
Columba, who reportedly saved a poor unfortunate local who
was in the grips of an attack by a "ferocious monster"
in the 7th century.
numerous sightings have included a spate of reports, most notably
in the 1930's from which emerged one of the most famous
photos of the creature, "the
Surgeon's photo" (see above) years later revealed as
a hoax via modern analysis in 1994.
Ness monster photos have been revealed as fakes, one picture
taken in August, 1972 by Dr. Robert Rines of the Academy of Applied
Science revealed what appeared to be the flipper of a large animal
resembling a plesiosaur.
pointed to the process of photographic enhancement as the reason
for its clarity, they stopped just short of calling the photo
a fake. It nevertheless touched off fascinating conjecture on
the origins of Nessie as a holdover from prehistoric times, along
with renewed and feverish interest in visits to Loch Ness by travelers.
Another Nessie sighting?
Loch Ness sighting?
a sharp-eyed Chiff.com travel editor returned home to discover
this surprise image, at right, in the corner of a much larger
For a bit
of fun, the admittedly fuzzy shot was blown up, printed out and
circulated throughout the office where most bets were placed on
a floating tree trunk (but we'll just let readers decide.)
to Loch Ness
from around the world still flock to the Loch
Ness Exhibition Centre in the scenic Scottish Highlands to
learn more about the lake's history & legends. Here is where
the curious can embark on their own expeditions to find the Loch
Ness Monster, on boat cruises operated from various locations
along the loch shore.
more than a dozen travel companies with regularly scheduled bus
tours to Loch Ness from Edinburgh,
Glasgow, or Inverness. These may feature stops at the visitor
center and other nearby attractions including historic Urquhart
Castle and the Caledonian Canal.
If you go,
always remember to keep your cameras at the ready and keep clicking.
You never know where or when Nessie will pop up!