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Loch Ness Monster

July 11th 2006 00:59
The Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called Nessie or Ness is a mysterious and unidentified animal or group of creatures said to inhabit Loch Ness, a large deep freshwater loch near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland.
The earliest sightings of "Nessie" date back to the 6th century. There also was a large number of sightings around the 1930s. However, it wasn't until the 1960's that these stories became poopular. There is much evidence for and against the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, most mainstream scientists and other experts find current evidence supporting Nessie unpersuasive. Below are some of the more well known photos of Nessie.

Firstly we have the famed "Surgeon's Photo" which was confirmed a hoax, based on the deathbed confessions of Chris Spurling. Spurling claimed the photo, which inspired much popular interest in the monster, was actually a staged photograph of clay attached to a toy submarine. Also notable are the ripples on the photo, which fit the size and circular pattern of small ripples when photographed up close, not large waves. Based on the ripples the monster would be 6-12 inches high!
Loch Ness Monster Surdeon's Photo
The famous Surgeon's photo (1934), today known to be a hoax.

Next is an underwater photograph of a rhomboid fin, purportedly from the Loch Ness Monster. Taken by a team led by the American patent lawyer Robert Rines in the early 1970s.
Loch Ness Monster Rhomboid Fin
Many have argued the object in the above image could be air bubbles or a fish fin. On the basis of this photograph, Sir Peter Scott, one of Britain's best-known naturalists, announced in 1975 that the scientific name of the monster would henceforth be Nessiteras rhombopteryx (Greek for "The Ness monster with diamond-shaped fin"). This would enable Nessie to be added to a British register of officially protected wildlife.

Finally we have another famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster, the origins of this picture are unkown.
Loch Ness Monster

*The first two images are used here under fair use and come from the Wikipedia page for Nessie.
**The third image is Copyleft, and originated here.
***This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation Licence. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Loch Ness Monster.


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