The first mentions of a mysterious monster inhabiting the depths of the Scottish Loch Ness appeared in the 6th century. If you believe the legends, at this time the monk of Columbus, with the help of prayer, was able to drive away from the shore a huge creature that attacked people who dared to enter the water.
For centuries, the locals passed on from generation to generation terrible rumors that the monster sometimes appeared on the surface and could, for example, easily turn a sailing ship over. But these were only conversations, and in the twentieth century the first photographs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, or, as it is also called, Nessie, appeared.
The first photograph of Nessie was taken on November 12, 1933. A very low quality image was provided by a certain Hugh Gray, who was lucky enough to photograph a monster from one of the coastal hills. The experts carried out a thorough check, concluding that the photograph was genuine. Now it could be seen that Nessie is a huge, long-necked animal with a small head.
Soon, photographs of Nessie began to be published so often that almost no one doubted his existence. True, there were overlaps. In 1934, the British doctor Kenneth Wilson made a "photograph" of Nessie. 60 years later, the doctor's grandson admitted that this was a common fake. True, the doctor himself never insisted on the authenticity of the photograph, claiming that he only shot an object that looked like Nessie.
In the same thirties, information appeared in Scotland that the British were planning to organize a hunt for Nessie in order to exhibit a stuffed giant animal in the London Natural History Museum. The proud Scots said they would not allow Nessie to be offending and even demanded to pass a law that could protect the mysterious inhabitant of Loch Ness.
To the delight of the Scots, it did not come to the murder of Nessie, but since 1964 a scientific expedition has been working on the lake. Despite careful searches, scientists have not been able to prove the existence of the monster. But what do the biologists themselves say about the possibility of Nessie's existence?
In 1960, aeronautic engineer Tim Dinsdale filmed the lake from the air, recording the movement of a huge, long creature in it. Dinsdale, anticipating the possible arguments of the critics in advance, removed the foam trail left behind by his boat for comparison. Independent experts from the British Joint Aeronautical Reconnaissance Center (JARIC) have concluded that the film is genuine and indeed demonstrates the movement of an "animate object" floating at a speed of 16 km / h. For many years, Deansdale's film was considered the main and only convincing evidence of the existence of a giant living creature in the lake.
Some researchers believe that it could be a giant sturgeon, others insist that Nessie is a miraculously surviving plesiosaur. True, both one and the other of the versions have a large number of skeptics. The sturgeon could not grow to such an incredible size, but the plesiosaur would not have had enough food supply, despite the fact that the lake is more than 22 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
But paleontologist Neil Clark made a sensational statement in 2005. In his opinion, all cases of Nessie's appearance on the surface of the lake for some reason are associated with visits to these places by circus performers. Clarke assures that naive onlookers mistook for a monster ... bathing elephants. The version, of course, is controversial, but Clark himself believes that it is the most plausible of all.
Despite the fact that no one has yet managed to prove or disprove the existence of a mysterious animal in Loch Ness, the rumors about it themselves are a good source of income. At least half a million tourists come to the lake every year.