The Loch Ness Monster

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness,
Boat tourists on Loch Ness snapping photos.
Visitors to Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.
A photo composit (a heavily photoshopped image) depicting what a Loch Ness Monster is sometimes believed to look like.
Swimming otters in formation creating unusual body shapes on the water.

In the 1930s, eye-witness reports and photos of a long serpent-like creature started to come in from Loch Ness, a deep Scottish lake. The witness accounts were vague, though, and the photos were grainy, which meant that one could not be certain of what they signified. Because of this, the reported sightings were often explained as misidentifications of known animals.

However, the idea of a rare beast possibly living in the depths of Loch Ness had been established. Over the following decades, the rumor was then kept alive by more strange photos and by fishermen reporting seeing unusual things on their sonar readings. The many sightings prompted serious investigations into the matter by several large expeditions using sonar readers, binoculars and underwater cameras. These investigations notwithstanding, no conclusive evidence of any unusual underwater animal could be found.

Tourists flock to Loch Ness

In the mind of the public in the mid-20th century, the results of the investigations didn’t really matter. The thought of a monster animal hiding in a deep lake in the mythical Scottish highlands was too attractive to be rejected, and tourists now flocked to Loch Ness to try to spot the monster. This quest to see “Nessie”, as the monster is affectionately called, obviously benefitted the local tourism industry, sharply increasing the revenues for nearby hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses.

Given the profitability of the story, some have argued that the Loch Ness Monster — a being the existence of which no one has been able to verify — is an elaborate marketing trick by local hospitality businesses to make money. In line with this theory, experts contend that the many reported sightings of supposedly strange creatures in reality must be sightings of such animals as seals, otters and sharks. As it seems, contrary to what the popular tale says, there should be no plausible chance that any mysterious animal could be living in Loch Ness, since every attempt at establishing such a fact, indeed, has failed.

New photos and videos

Nevertheless, mysterious photos and videos continue to turn up. The Ian Bremner photo and the David Elder video, taken in 2016 and 2013 respectively, are two of them. The photo, to begin with, shows a head sticking up from the water and two humps protruding behind it, while the video reveals a long single ripple on an otherwise calm surface. Regardless of what they represent, observations like these will likely keep the interest in Nessie alive, and ensure new, curious visitors coming to Loch Ness.