The legend of the Loch Ness monster has never been debunked and to this day, people insist on having made sightings of her. Nessie, as she is known to the locals, is supposed to be a huge fresh water creature that lives in Loch Ness – a lake in the Scottish Highlands. Those that believe that she is real insist that she is a remnant of the dinosaur age, when huge reptiles wandered the earth and lived in the water.
Adherents to this theory subscribe to the idea that some dinosaurs were trapped in the lake when an exit to the open sea was sealed off due to the movement of tectonic plates. Scientists have repeatedly poured cold water on such claims.
Most people believe that the alleged sightings have just been hoaxes and that someone built a model of a creature, setting it loose in Loch Ness as a prank. The supposed monster was already a part of Highland Lore when the first photograph of her was published in the 1930s. While it may all be a load of rubbish, Scotland’s tourism product has benefited from the myth as Nessie is worth millions of pounds in merchandise and tourism related paraphernalia that are eagerly snapped up by visitors.
Many alleged photographs have been disproved, with some being explained by natural weather phenomena and others by clever photo editing. Nonetheless, Nessie remains to be a firm fixture in Scottish fable and many tourists still flock to Loch Ness to try and get a glimpse of her surfacing on the lake.
People from all over the world have claimed that they have seen her the strange thing is that people continue to produce what they claim is photographic evidence of her existence.
Whether you do believe in the monster’s existence or not is up to you, but if you are visiting Scotland, you should definitely visit Loch Ness.