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Nessie is one of the most famous urban legends in the world, of which everyone speaks and there is reasonable proof of its existence. Recently, the Scottish fable was once again news, thanks to the release of new photographs.
Halloween time, time of monsters !, which in these days take center stage through books, movies, costumes, stories and games. And what creature more famous than Loch Ness? These are some of the most fascinating facts about this mysterious creature about which there are recent developments.
The monster that supposedly lives in Loch Ness in Scotland, is letting itself be seen and photographed to say: Here I am! Tired of Frankenstein, vampires, mummies, zombies, werewolves, witches, murderous clowns, ghosts and demons systematically monopolize all the protagonism during the Halloween.
The truth is that at the end of August 2018, a 12-year-old girl named Charlotte Robinson took the best picture of Nessie with her iPhone, during the first day of her vacation at Loch Ness Highland Lodges, when apparently the mythical creature appeared about 15 meters from the coast, according to the British press.
“Nessie surfaced for about 60 seconds and reappeared about three meters away. After about seven minutes it re-emerged, but this time for less time. It was black and had a neck and head shaped like a hook, “the girl told the Daily Mail newspaper.
“I’m excited about this picture, it’s Nessie’s best in a long time, there’s a solid object and it’s appreciated with relative clarity, it’s worth studying more,” said Steve Feltham, who spent 27 years of his life solving the mystery of the monster and was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for this task.
In previous years, a Scottish conservation organization – called Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) – developed, in 2001, a “partly fun” code of practice to apply if ever someone found the monster.
To date, this contingency plan – which remains in force and was developed to protect new species found in the lake, including a monster – stipulates that a DNA sample must be taken from any new creature, and then return to release it in the lake of Ness.
The plan to protect Nessie and the photo are the latest in a long list of curiosities that have been compiled by the organization Visit Inverness and Loch Ness (VILN), the Encyclopedia Britannica, the BBC and the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Daily. Telegraph
* Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes of Wales and England together, and maintains a temperature of six degrees Celsius year round, so, it never freezes, and on cold winter days you can see steam coming out of its surface.
* The waters of Loch Ness are very dark due to the peat dragged from the hills towards the place: a perfect cover for any creature that can live in the depths!
* The first sighting of Nessie is documented in the year 565, when it is claimed that he snatched and ate a local farmer, before being forced to return to the waters by the abbot and missionary St. Columba.
* The Encyclopedia Britannica notes that the reports of a monster that inhabits Loch Ness date back to antiquity, in particular, the local stone carvings that represent a mysterious beast with fins, work of the ancient Picto people, who already inhabited the current Scotland towards the end of the third century.
* The legend of the monster began to grow in 1933 when a road adjacent to the lake was completed. This offered an unobstructed view of its waters and a couple saw that year a huge animal, which was compared to a dragon or prehistoric monster, which – after crossing the road of his car – disappeared into the water, made to followed by numerous sightings.
* In December 1933, the Daily Mail commissioned the hunter Marmaduke Wetherell to locate the alleged sea serpent. He reported having found, along with the shores of the lake, large footsteps that he believed belonged to “a very powerful animal with soft feet about 20 feet (six meters) long”.
* In 1934, the English physician Robert Kenneth Wilson photographed the alleged creature. The Daily Mail printed that image, known as the “photograph of the surgeon”, which seems to show the head and neck of the monster and had international repercussion, leading to speculation that it was a plesiosaur, a reptile extinct millions of years ago.
* Further research contends that the footsteps discovered by Wetherell and the photo taken by Wilson had been a hoax. Many photographs that supposedly showed the beast were discredited as fakes or as representations of other animals or objects, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
* In 1960, the Loch Ness Research Bureau (www.lochnessinvestigation.com) conducted a 10-year observational survey, recording an average of 20 sightings per year and, in the mid-1970s, interest increased when they were made public underwater photographs of what appeared to be a “fin”.
* In the decade of the 70s, Margaret Thatcher’s government considered embarking on a search for the monster with the help of American dolphins.
On April 1, 1972, the newspapers announced that Nessie was dead, although in fact, it was a joke of the April Fools’ Day (Day of the Innocents in the United Kingdom and other countries) organized by a zoo educator, who planted a Dead sea elephant in the lake.
* In 1987 and 2003, the Loch Ness area attracted numerous monster hunters and several sonar scans were conducted to locate the creature, but none succeeded.
* In 2005, the owner of a circus offered the reward of £ 20,000 to anyone who could bring him to the living monster. That same year, a group of athletes participating in the Scottish triathlon was insured for one million pounds each, against the bite of the creature.
* Professor Neli Gemmell and his team at the University of Otago, New Zealand, have taken samples of genetic material from Loch Ness that could help
find a biological explanation for some stories about the monster, including the discovery of species unknown, within a project whose results will be known in 2019.
* In 2017 there were 11 appearances of the monster officially accepted, the record in this century.
* During the first two-quarters of 2018 four cases have been legally registered and since St. Columba spotted the beast, in the sixth century, there is a record of 1,080 official sightings of the creature.
* The British Home Office has rejected an ingenious offer from a group of Glasgow artists to grant the monster permanent residence in the United Kingdom after Brexit.
Also, the City of Leganés, a municipality of Madrid (Spain) with 188,000 inhabitants, has taken with good humor the usual jokes about “the monster of Leganés”, due to the phonetic similarity of the name of this town with Loch Ness.
The leganenses have nicknamed Nensi his monster and they have dedicated a fountain to him with a colourful sculptural group that represents two creatures and that is placed in one of the main roundabouts of access to this city.
Prehistoric animal? Elaborate deception? Old Scottish legend? An effect of light? It has even been claimed that the mystery could be explained by the presence of circus elephants in the area in the 1930s.
Until today there is no conclusive evidence that the monster is real, but many respectable observers have been and are convinced to have seen A huge creature in the water.
Whatever the truth, the mystery will continue and these days of Halloween can be a propitious time to know the history and curiosities of this “good monster”, which arouses more sympathy than horror, unlike the evil and terrifying habitual protagonists of Halloween.