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Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”

A lot of time has passed since the last article in the unsolved mystery series of the 20th century was published, the editors of our site decided to continue this series. And the next in turn is the Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie).
If you turn to the very depths of Celtic legends, then this creature was first noticed by the Roman conquerors. The very first mention of the Loch Ness monster dates back to the 5th century AD, where in one of the chronicles the water beast of the River Ness is mentioned. Then all the references to Nessie disappear right up to 1880, when, with completely normal weather, the sailboat with people went to the bottom. The northern Scots immediately remembered the monster, and began to produce all sorts of rumors and legends
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
The avalanche of rumors reached the point that in one of the major newspapers there was even a story of a married couple, face to face with a monster. On the wave of popularity, a road was built here, many curious people came here to see for themselves the existence of the beast. The once quiet surroundings have become a noisy place, and the shores of the lake have always been filled with photographers and onlookers. A certain enterprising citizen even arranged a number of observation posts along the perimeter of the lake. And lo and behold – during the month the Loch Ness monster was seen as many as 15 times
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Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
The excitement has grown so much that the issue of apprehension of substance has become on the agenda of the Scottish government. Then this idea was rejected by listening to the scientists who claimed that in fact there was not a single proof of the existence of Nessie
Loch Ness monster
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
Among the subsequent references to the Loch Ness monster are the testimonies of the English military pilot Farrel, who flew over the island in 1943 and saw something similar to Nessie. But during the war years this was quickly forgotten. In 1951, the monster caught the eye of the local forester and his friend, and a year later a local resident, walking on the beach with her son. In 1957 a book was even published in which all the stories of eyewitnesses who had seen Nessie were collected. The title of the book spoke for itself: “This is more than a legend.”
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Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
But despite such a large number of eyewitnesses who saw the monster, only a few proofs of its real existence were provided. Among the first evidence is a snapshot of a doctor named Kenneth Wilson, dubbed the “Surgeon’s Photograph”. In the course of a detailed analysis, it was found that this picture is a fake. Later, the authors themselves admitted this.
photo of wilson
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
Another famous image was taken by aeronautical Tim Dinsdale. During the aerial survey, a trace was left, left by a large long creature. For a long time, this picture, initially recognized as a real one, was the only evidence of the existence of a Loch Ness monster. However, in 2005, a detailed analysis showed that it was just a trace left by a floating boat.
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
Subsequent studies, including sonic scanning of the lake and many other experiments, only further confused the researchers, revealing many inexplicable facts, but no clear evidence of the existence of a Loch Ness monster was found in the lake. The most recent evidence is a Google Earth satellite image, which captures a strange spot, remotely resembling a Loch Ness monster. The main argument of skeptics is a study that proved that the flora of Loch Ness is very poor, and there simply would not be enough resources even for one such huge animal.
loch ness lake
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
Let’s look at three basic theories that explain all these rumors and talk about the monster living in the lake. according to one of the versions, in those years when the largest number of statements about the monster were made, vagrant circuses often stopped at the lake. And the Loch Ness monster is nothing more than a bathing elephant. When elephants swim, they are most similar in description to Nessie.
elephant
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
The version of the scientist from Italy – Luigi Picardie, rests on the geological fault at the bottom of the lake, the aforementioned Great Glen. Due to tectonic activity, huge waves are very often raised here, as well as bubbles from under the water. This activity could affect the raising of large objects from the bottom of the lake, which were carried to the surface, as well as cause strange sounds. All this in aggregate was taken for the Loch Ness monster
Unsolved mystery of the 20th century: “The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)”
You can also call a version of the staging of this story by the owners of local hotels, who made a model of a monster to attract tourists.

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