The Loch Ness monster is considered to be the most popular cryptid all over the world. It is also called Nessie affectionately. Loch Ness belongs to one of the group among the interconnected lochs, which are seen in Great Glen, an area found in Scotland. Loch Lochy and Loch Oich are the other lakes in the group.
Loch Ness is very huge, and is known as the largest body of fresh water in Britain. It is long by 22 miles and is widest at one and a half mile. The total surface area is about 21 sq. miles. The depth of Loch Ness is about 800 feet. It is said that the loch is huge enough for holding ten times the world’s total population.
There have been reports about the sightings of Loch Ness monster. The first of them comes from 565, when a local who was under the attack from a monster seen in the river Ness was saved by St Columba. However, some people think it was not a monster, but a wild boar.
The modern era for Nessie started in 1933 with a local paper, The Inverness Courier’s report on a sighting by the Spicers, a couple who were locals. While they were driving on the loch side of the place, between Dores and Inverfarigaig, they came across this large creature that was crossing the road right in front of their car. It then disappeared into the bushes towards the Loch. The National Press in London took up this report and various speculations started to arise about the Nessie.
There are reports about the sightings that keep coming up and in between a few years an expedition manages to get the funds to find out the truth. In the year 2003, an expedition undertaken by BBC surveyed the whole of Loch with the help of SONAR and concluded that there is no monster that was seen there.
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