When it comes to hunting for monsters and creatures of the unknown, none has been more talked about than the Loch Ness Monster. It ranks head to head with the likes of the famous Bigfoot or Yeti!

This mysterious creature is super important to Scotland’s tourism. The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie as it is affectionately called has been seen by more than a thousand eyewitnesses.

When was Nessie first seen?

Although there have been urban legends on strange sightings of serpent like creatures living in the various lakes of Scotland since the 6th century, Nessie’s so called existence first came to be known in the 19th century.

The first official recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was on May 2, 1933, by a couple near the Loch Ness.

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Is the Loch Ness Monster real?

Crypto-zoologists, skeptics and witnesses have always been arguing at the authenticity of its existence. Scientists claim the story of the Loch Ness Monster as nothing but wishful thinking and an optical illusion.

They say that if your mind is geared towards a certain idea or belief then it will try to see what it wants to.

Strange pieces of evidence

There have been a thousand eyewitnesses who have come forward to give their version of the sighting of the Loch Ness Monster. It has been described as a long and thin necked serpent like creature that rises above the ripples of the lake.

The most famous one is the ‘Surgeon’s Photograph’ that brought the world’ attention to this monster. It was the first ever photograph that was circulated in all newspapers and made roaring headlines of the monster. The photo was taken by Kenneth Wilson, who was a gynecologist from London and it was published in the Daily Mail in 1934.

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According to the doctor, he was visiting the Loch Ness and saw a long neck of a creature emerging from the waters. He instantly took four photographs. Unfortunately, this photograph turned out to be nothing more than a hoax to sensationalize the subject. It was proven fake in 1994 when a team of researchers dispelled all the myth regarding the photograph.

What is the Loch Ness Monster anyway?

The Loch Ness Monster is at best considered to be a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were marine reptiles present in the Jurassic period.

They lived in shallow waters such as rivers and lakes and fed on small fish. They were not that big and would not probably live up to the monster hype. Plesiosaurs became extinct along with other dinosaurs. However, the Loch Ness Monster theory suggests that when the meteor shower hit the earth killing all dinosaurs present on the land, some of the herds of plesiosaurs survived deep in the waters and Nessie is one of the last remaining survivors.

Finding Nessie

There have been many expeditions in search of the Loch Ness Monster but this year, a team of scientists has finally decided to put this subject to rest. They will go for an expedition by collecting samples of DNA from the waters of the Loch Ness to find proof of its existence.

The team lead for this expedition, Neil Gemmell who is from Otago University, New Zealand, doesn’t believe that the monster exists. He just wants to prove it to everyone that this is nothing but an over-hyped hoax.

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He is not mainly doing this to search for the monster. His main purpose is to shed light on biodiversity and make people get interested in marine life. In the process, he is willing to find traces of the plesiosaur or Loch Ness Monster for proof of its existence if any.

The expedition is also because you can’t help but wonder if there really was such a creature lurking beneath the cold waters of the Loch Ness. One or a dozen people can be wrong but if there are over 1000 confirmed sightings for something then  concrete evidence is always required. Nessie’s genetic print will be searched for and matched with the data collected for plesiosaurs. The team expects to give out its results in early 2019.

Are you interested to find out if the Loch Ness Monster is real and alive? If so then, you got to wait till January of next year to find out.

Whether or not there is one swimming in the Loch, one thing is for sure: the countless mentions of Nessie, from a whole cartoon series to an episode in the X-Files seriously intrigues us all.