Q:

Is the Loch Ness monster real?

A:

Quick Answer

Although alleged sightings of monsters in Loch Ness date back more than 1,500 years, there is no proof any such creatures exist. Numerous searches, including some using sonar and underwater photography, have failed to find evidence of a real Loch Ness monster.

Continue Reading
Is the Loch Ness monster real?
Credit: Matt84 E+ Getty Images

Full Answer

The Loch Ness Monster is said to be a large, aquatic animal living in Scotland’s Loch Ness body of water. Many believers speculate it is a surviving plesiosaur, which went extinct 65 million years ago. The creature (nicknamed “Nessie”) was first documented in drawings by the Pict tribe of the Scottish Highlands in first century A. D., and first written about in a biography of Saint Columba, who supposedly saw the creature in 565 A.D.

Interest in Nessie surged after a 1933 sighting by a husband and wife who claimed to have seen the creature cross the road near the Loch Ness. It became a media sensation with scientists, press and monster hunters flocking to the lake. A London physician sold a photo of the supposed creature to the Daily Mail, which became the most famous depiction and, to some, strongest evidence of Nessie. That photo was determined a hoax in 1994, created by photographing an altered toy submarine.

Learn more about Folklore

Related Questions

Explore