Scotland and the Loch Ness Monster

Tales of a monster living in Scottish Loch Ness, many years ago invariably appeared in the summer. Summer was then the summer season, during which little happened, and stories of creatures from distant Scotland were a grateful topic filling the pages of newspapers. Times have changed, there are no more boring seasons during which nothing happens. New events take place in a constant information flow. Today Loch Ness monster no longer needed, so Loch Ness monster visits magazines and TV screens much less frequently. However, the monster did not completely disappear.

Google is looking for a monster

Google recently announced that the cameras used for the well-known feature “Street view“, were placed next to Loch Ness. Finding and observing monster behavior should now be easier...

Loch Ness is the largest freshwater reservoir in the UK. The lake is 37 km long and is located near the city of Inverness. The high content of peat in the waters of the lake makes them cloudy, which makes it easier to tell stories about the mysterious inhabitant, affectionately called - Nessie.

Google's launch of the Street View system around Loch Ness prompted us to recall the most important facts associated with this somewhat forgotten story about a strange creature from a Scottish lake.

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50 facts about Nessie and Loch Ness

1. Back in 1934, a London surgeon Robert Kenneth Wilson took the most famous photograph of the monster, which was printed in the Daily Mail, a popular English newspaper on April 21st. It was the anniversary of this publication that inspired Google, which began operations on 21.04.15/XNUMX/XNUMX.

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2. The photo in the Daily Mail was captioned: "Surgeon's Photograph", because Robert Wilson was a little ashamed of her and didn't want his name to be associated with her (which ultimately failed).

3. In 1975, the Sunday Telegraph recognized the "surgeon's photograph" as a fake.

4. In 1999, Nessie - The Surgeon's Photo (Nessie - The Truth About the Surgeon's Photo) explained that the whole story was just a joke for which the network Woolworths I bought a toy in the store - a submarine, to which an artificial neck and head were installed. After photographing, the model was sunk and probably to this day is resting somewhere at the bottom of the lake.

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5. Probably the first mention of a monster from the Loch Ness area appeared back in XNUMXth century, presumably in the "Life of St. Columbus", written by the abbe Adomnan from the abbey of Iona.

6. Another mention of the monster is described by Mr. Mackenzie in 1870-72. According to his stories, he saw an object wriggling in the water, which resembled something unseen.

7. The history of Nessie gained momentum after 1933, which was directly related to the opening of a highway along the lake. June 22, 1933 George Spencer was the first witness to observe Nessie from the road, and the following month another motorcyclist saw the Loch Ness Monster from the road.

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8. The first "proof" of Nessie's existence was a photograph taken by Hugh Gray in November 1933. Critics have claimed that she is actually depicting his Labrador swimming with a stick in his mouth.

9. Loch Ness is the second largest lake in the UK and the first in terms of volume.

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10. The lake has a depth of about 230 meters and accumulates more water than all the lakes and rivers of England and Wales combined.

11. There is only one island in Loch Ness - Cherry Island.

12. In one place, the depth of the lake reaches 250 meters. This place was calledLair Nessie".

13. Loch Ness lies on a tectonic line called the Great Glen (Great Gorge), between Fort Augustus and Inverness, and is the longest gorge in Scotland.

14. The diminutive name "Nessie" in Scottish means "pure, flawless."

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15. About a million people visit the lake every year, leaving about 25 million pounds.

16. Request “hole ness” is entered into Google 200 times a month, and Loch Ness monster over 20 times.

17. Some people think the Loch Ness monster is plesiosaur, a type of marine dinosaur that lived on our planet 205 million years ago.


18. The average water transparency in the lake does not exceed 10 cm. The dark color is due to the high concentration of peat particles.

19. In 2006, the monster from Loch Ness was considered the most famous Scot ...

20. About 40 small rivers, streams and streams find their mouths in the lake.

21. Beneath the surface of the lake are two layers of radioactive deposits. One of them was created as a result of the Chernobyl disaster.

22. So far, there have been over 1000 entries from people who have seen the Loch Ness monster. The annual average is 20.

23. Many people try to make false proofs of Nessie's existence. There are those who use tufts of grass or grain for this purpose, imitating the monster's hump. Others use, for example, inflatable hippo paws, which they use to make footprints in the sand.

24. In 1972, on April 1, it was announced that Nessie had died. It was, however, an April Fool's joke by John Shields, a zookeeper.

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25. Among recent jokes, a photo of George Edwards, who organized boat trips on the lake, who in 2012 photographed the hump of a floating monster, previously made of glass mat, gained notoriety.

26. The owner of one of the circuses offered a prize of 20 pounds for anyone who brings him a live Loch Ness monster.

27. The first organized search for Nessie was carried out in 1934. Twenty men, who were paid £2 a day, constantly watched the surface of the water. No result.

28. During the reign of Margaret Thatcher, the issue of hunting the Loch Ness monster was officially and seriously considered. There were even negotiations about the possibility of delivering dolphins from America, which were supposed to help in the search.

29. The largest search for Nessie occurred in 1987. They cost a million pounds. During their conduct, advanced sonars and television technologies were used. The only thing that was received was a sonar image showing contact with a creature that was "larger than a shark and smaller than a whale."

30. During heavy rains, the water level in the lake can rise up to 2 meters. Usually, however, the rise of the water is about 60 cm.

31. There is an official monster fan club - Loch Ness Monster.

32. The Loch Ness Monster has been an inspiration for many directors. Films such as Loch Ness (1996) and My Pet Dinosaur (2007) were released.

33. In 2005, each of the 100 athletes participating in the Scottish triathlon was insured for one million pounds in case of a monster bite.

34. Water in Loch Ness never freezes due to the thermodynamic effect. The water temperature in winter changes very quickly at different depths. Cold surface water is replaced by warmer water from the depths.

35. In 1970, most episodes of the English science fiction series Doctor Who were filmed around the lake.

36. Dr. Raines, who helped find the Titanic, spent 37 years searching for Nessie until his death in 2009.

37. Toyota, Abercrombie and Fitch, Orange, Vodafone, Ballygown Spring Water and Kit Kat - these companies are united by the use of the lake symbol in advertising.

38. In 2009, an Internet user claimed to have found the Loch Ness Monster on Google Earth. Apple Maps also captured shadowy figures visible near the surface of the lake.

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39. In 2003, the BBC took on search sponsorship. But nothing was found.

40. There are two Loch Ness Monster centers for tourists.

41. The best way to see the lake in the hope of meeting Nessie is to take a boat trip or drive along the scenic A82 road.

42. In 1976, a group of people came up with the idea of ​​using bacon as bait, hoping that Nessie would be tempted by this delicacy. Unfortunately no effect.

43. Scientist Adrian Schein has been looking for Nessie for over 25 years.

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44. Some more stubborn monster hunters can count on a diploma issued by the local authorities.

45. The lake has a length of 37 km and a width of 2,5 km.

46. ​​Of the lakes of Scotland, only Loch Morar in Lochaber (310 meters) is deeper than Loch Ness.

47. The most common explanations for what the Loch Ness monster really is are seals or eels that have grown to enormous sizes. In 2013, Jeremy Wade suggested that a Greenland shark could have appeared in the lake, which is 6 meters long and lacks a dorsal fin.

48. Buddhist monk Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoch moved to Scotland on purpose to focus on finding the monster.

49. In 2004, British documentary channel Channel Five used special effects to give the impression of a monster. 600 people were deceived.

50. Denis Tucker was fired from his job at the Natural History Museum in 1960 after he claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster in XNUMX, according to recently released documents.

The Loch Ness monster is a reason to visit Scotland

Whether the monster exists or not, consider a trip to Scotland. Here is amazing nature, castles and unusual sights! And more about travel, different monsters и mythology read the links on our website.


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