Loch Ness Lake and the Loch Ness Monster, in detail

Loch Ness Lake

Loch Ness is a deep freshwater lake and the namesake of the monster that lives in the depths of the lake in Scotland.

Loch Ness Lake attracts many tourists from all over the world. Its main attraction is the legendary monster, but the lake is not only interesting.

Scotland is a wonderful country on the planet. Its marvelous nature, vast green meadows and unnatural piles of rocks. It’s also famous for its many ancient castles with ghosts, frequent UFO sightings, cold and deep lakes which are said to be inhabited by huge monsters.

One of the deepest and largest freshwater lakes in the country, which is saturated with legends and rumors of an extraordinary monster, is Loch Ness. Located on a geological fault, it connects the west and east coasts, and is 37 kilometers long, with a maximum depth of 230 meters.

The waters of the lake are turbid, as they are saturated with large amounts of peat. Maybe because of this feature until now, was not officially recorded the world famous legendary Loch Nessie monster, which locals affectionately nicknamed Nessie, in honor of the lake, where it lives.

On the lake is the only natural island of Fort Augustus and many artificial islands. Not far from the body of water is a museum dedicated to the mysterious inhabitant of Loch Ness. The expanse of the deep lake has unique climatic features.

When the lake is illuminated by the bright sun during the day, in the evening the water surface is covered with a thick fog. This phenomenon creates a mysterious atmosphere and excites the imagination with unimaginable speculations.

Lake Loch Ness (LochNess) is located 37 kilometers from the city of Inverness in Scotland. The trip by rail takes 12 hours. Buying a round trip ticket can save you money. After that you should take a regular bus (local transport is pretty rare) and go to Drumnadrochit, a village on the lake.

But it’s better to book a bus tour around the lake at one of the local travel agencies – it’s much more convenient.

The fastest, but the most expensive way to get to this unique place – buy a plane ticket to Edinburgh, and from there by train to Inverness. There are flights from London directly to Inverness.

You can rent a car, but this option does not seem convenient, because the roads here are narrow, the serpentine is difficult to drive, and for gasoline have to pay a lot of money. In addition, the left-hand traffic for our motorists will be unusual.

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The monster of Loch Ness.

The opinions of scientists and ordinary people, concerning the mythical Nessie, are quite different and unusual. Some people believe that this ancient spirit, prowls the shores of the lake. Others compared the fact that it was Scotland where a large number of flying saucers were observed, and many years ago one of them flew into the lake, and the huge mysterious creatures are aliens from other worlds.

Skeptics assure that the mystery is just a made-up myth to lure the masses of tourists to Scotland for the economic benefits of the country.

Scientists, comparing many facts, attribute Nessie to the descendants of dinosaurs who survived the Ice Age, hiding in deep underwater caves.

To this day, rumors of this natural wonder attract tourists from all parts of the world. There are countless hiking trails near the lake. Travelers still hope to see the mysterious monster which has been living in the deep and murky waters of Loch Ness for centuries.

Roman legionaries were among the first to discover the reality of the Loch Ness Monster’s existence. They had no way of interpreting the sculpture carved in stone by the locals. The stone sculpture looked like a huge seal with flippers and a long neck.

Later, in the XVIII century, during the construction of a military road, blasting operations woke up two slumbering monsters, which are very frightening to workers.

The real Loch Ness fever began in 1933, when Hugh Gray first took a picture of the Loch Ness monster. The reality of the photo checked quite a few instances, but still there are different opinions about the authenticity of the picture.

The local residents assure that they really have met the huge monster. According to the collected data, eyewitnesses describe Nessie as a large reptile, more than 15 meters long, with a black-brown hue of skin covered with large scales. It has a small head, large eyes, a long neck, seal-like flippers and a huge torso, with two humps ending in a massive tail. Many people sought to disprove and get to the bottom of the truth, not only for profit, but also for the advancement of science.

One such pioneer was Robert Raines. While engaged in the creation of modern radar and sonar, he decided to solve the mystery of Loch Ness. The scientist went to Scotland, set up a tent near the lake and walked every day along the lake shores with binoculars, peering into the smooth surface of the lake.

After a long stay at the lake, Raines went home and told loved ones that he had indeed seen the Loch Ness monster. Some time later, Robert Raines returned to the lake with two trained dolphins named Susie and Semmi. He attached video cameras to the dolphins’ bodies and launched them into the lake, hoping to capture Nessie on film, but unfortunately, the water turned out to be too murky and the attempt ended in failure. Later many tried to repeat similar experiments on Loch Ness but nobody managed to discover the existence of the mythical monster.

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Perhaps Loch Ness hides an enigmatic inhabitant in countless mysterious caves and passages where Nessie hides, because the lake was formed when a giant glacier fell and created numerous fractures and cavities at the bottom of the reservoir. It is possible that an entire family of Nessies lives in the lake, because people have often seen not one, but several of the floating creatures.

Nessie-like monster appearances have been observed in many large lakes of the planet located in Canada, China, Japan, Argentina, Ireland and Great Britain. According to eyewitness accounts, unidentified creature, which for description matches the Loch Nessie-like monster, has appeared quite often in those places.

Attractions of Loch Ness

The main attraction of Loch Ness Lake is, of course, the lake itself. It is the second largest of all Scottish lakes and has more water than any other body of water in Scotland. It is surrounded on all sides by mountains, and the evening fog gives the natural object a mysterious halo, which attracts fans of everything unusual and uncommon.

Many tourists from all over the world come here in the hope of encountering the legendary monster that supposedly lives in the lake. Whether the monster really exists is not known, but there are eyewitness accounts and even photos, most of them, however, are fuzzy. There are also mentions of the monster in ancient chronicles.

In addition to a possible meeting with Nessie (so journalists dubbed the legendary monster), tourists come to visit the museum dedicated to him, to see the only island on the lake, as well as artificial islands, of which there are many on the lake.

The water in the lake is turbid and has an unpleasant smell due to the high content of peat. The lake is calm most of the time, and it was here that an attempt was made to set a world speed record on the water. But the pilot of the jet scooter was killed, and now there is another landmark on the shore – a monument to John Cobb.

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5 interesting facts about the Loch Ness monster

If you’ve never heard of the Loch Ness Monster, you and I are probably from different planets. It is this mysterious inhabitant of a Scottish lake that is the most famous cause for controversy, in terms of whether or not it exists. Locals assure us that the monster is alive and there is plenty of evidence of its existence. They are echoed by representatives of the tourism business, who earn good money on the image of the monster, which attracts a lot of tourists. In fact, there is no proof or denial of its existence. We will not argue about it for the hundredth time now, but just discuss interesting facts about it. Let’s assume that the Loch Ness monster, like Schrodinger’s cat – it is and is not at the same time.

It’s good that there are such legends. You can always talk and argue about them.

Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster

First we have to decide on a name. You can often find the name “Nessie” for this mythical monster, but most people call it the “Loch Ness” monster. What is the difference?

Actually, nothing, and there is simply no difference. Nessie is short for Loch Ness Lake, where, according to legends, the monster lives. This word was mainly used by locals when abbreviating the name of the lake. So gradually the name of the lake has passed on to its inhabitant.

So, no mysticism and no second monster. Nessie, the Loch Ness monster and the Loch Ness monster are one and the same creature. No more confusion.

What is the Loch Ness Monster

It’s a strange fact, but even many of those who say the monster doesn’t exist try to explain what other people have seen and mistaken for a monster.

According to the most popular explanation, the inhabitant of the mysterious lake could either be a giant sturgeon, an eel, or even a dinosaur that miraculously survived to this day.

Both theories have a ton of refutations. For example, there is not a single recorded case where a sturgeon or eel has grown to at least a comparable size. Biologists believe that such growth is simply not possible. Although, it is the sturgeon that is known for being able to greatly exceed its basic size.

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So far, the proof that Nessie cannot be a dinosaur in the first place is not even the doubt that it has lived for millions of years, but that there is simply not enough biomass in the lake to feed such a huge lizard. As a result, its existence in the lake is physically impossible. More precisely, physiologically.

When the monster of Loch Ness was first seen

The first written mention of the mysterious creature in the now famous lake is the memory of St. Columba. This encounter took place as early as the sixth century A.D.

From his hagiography it follows that one day he saw the locals burying one of their own, and they told him that the poor man had been attacked by a monster that lived in the lake .

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The saint’s real encounter with Nessie took place when one of his students jumped into the water to swim across the narrow strait and bring the boat in. At that moment the very same monster rose from the water and only by a miracle Columbus was able to drive it away with the help of prayer. This may be treated differently, but it was then that the first encounter with the strange creature was documented.

The conflict between the Scots and the English over Nessie

These two people have always disliked each other, though they are part of the same country, but in 1933 they had another serious conflict.

Then the British wanted to come and kill the Loch Ness monster. They wanted to do this in order to exhibit its effigy in the Natural History Museum in London. Of course, the Scots did not like it very much. First of all, they were displeased because of the fact that Nessie had already become their property and entered into the traditions of the people. But even that could be tolerated, but the fact that the stuffed monster would stand in a London museum simply infuriated the locals.

They say that in this video, the Loch Ness monster swam in the background of the fish. It’s hard to believe. And where was this camera installed in the first place?

Local lawmakers even began preparing documents prohibiting such activities, and ordinary residents were ready to rush personally to defend the monster, but it did not come to that. Gradually, the activity waned and the British somehow changed their mind about conducting such a hunt. Perhaps they realized that they would never catch anyone.

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The Loch Ness monster might have been mistaken for an elephant.

I saved the best part for last. British paleontologist Neil Clark conducted an interesting study in 2005 that led him to conclude that Nessie might be an elephant.

Instead of a monster in the Loch Ness Lake there might have been a giant eel.

In order to arrive at this explanation, he cross-referenced the dates when the monster’s appearance was recorded and the periods when traveling circuses were touring in nearby communities.

In the end, he concluded that it was the swimming elephants that might have been mistaken by locals and visitors to the region for the monster. When an elephant swims, it holds its trunk above the water, and its head may look like the back of a monster. When viewed from afar, such mistakes are quite possible.

In principle, it really does look like an elephant.

Does the Loch Ness Monster Exist

It is worth being realistic and understanding that probably the ancient monster, which by some miracle has lived in the same lake for millions of years, does not exist. On the other hand, how interesting is such a legend.

I have been to Great Britain more than once, and whenever I found myself in the region of Scotland, I wanted to stop by this lake, but every time I couldn’t. Even for me it makes some kind of fascinating impression, not to mention ordinary tourists.

But since we’re talking about real things, there were studies that took samples from the lake to see what kind of biomaterial was present in them, and they didn’t find anything unusual there. All that scientists found were traces of normal animals and fish of the region. Even talk of underwater tunnels through which the monster could temporarily swim out of the lake is unfounded.

If you haven’t been to Loch Ness Lake and seen the monster, check out our Telegram chat. See if anyone there is talking about him right now.

A rebuttal to the fact that someone big floated on the water could be the strong currents in the lake. They are invisible to the eye, but can carry large objects across the water, which is what people have mistaken for a monster.

So it turns out that Nessie doesn’t exist? Or have we just not looked for it well enough? Or doesn’t it want us to find it yet? Let’s leave the legend as legend and not completely deny the existence of the monster. If only to have something to argue about.

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