If you have never heard of the Loch Ness monster, then most likely we are from different planets. It is this mysterious inhabitant of the Scottish lake that is the most famous reason for controversy, in terms of whether he exists or does not exist. Local residents claim that the monster is alive and there is a mass of evidence of its existence. They are echoed by representatives of the tourism business, who make good money on the image of this monster, to see which a lot of tourists come to see. In fact, there is no evidence or refutation of its existence. We will not argue now for the hundredth time on this topic, but simply discuss interesting facts about him. Let's assume that the Loch Ness monster is like Schrödinger's cat - it is and is not at the same time.
Nessie or the Loch Ness monster
First you need to decide on the name. You can often find the name "Nessie" for this mythical monster, but most people call him the "Loch Ness" monster. What's the difference?
In fact, nothing, and there is simply no difference. Nessie is a short designation of Loch Ness, in which, according to legends, the monster lives. This word was used mainly by local residents when they abbreviated the name of the lake. So gradually the name of the lake was transferred to its inhabitant.
So, no mysticism and no second monster. Nessie, the Loch Ness monster and the Loch Ness monster are one and the same creature. Don't get confused anymore.
What is the Loch Ness Monster
It's a strange fact, but even many of those who say that the monster does not exist try to explain what other people have seen and mistaken for a monster.
According to the most popular explanation, the inhabitant of the mysterious lake can be either a giant sturgeon, an eel, or even a dinosaur that miraculously survived to this day.
Monument to Nessie
Both of these theories have a ton of rebuttals. For example, there is not a single recorded case when a sturgeon or an eel grew at least to a comparable size. Biologists believe that such growth is simply not possible. Although, it is sturgeons that are known for being able to greatly exceed their basic size.
So far, the proof that Nessie cannot be a dinosaur, in the first place, is not even a doubt that it lived for millions of years, but that there is simply not enough biomass in the lake to feed such a huge lizard. As a result, his existence in the lake is physically impossible. More precisely physiologically.
When we first saw the Loch Ness monster
The first written mention of a mysterious creature in the now known lake is the memoirs of Saint Columba. This meeting took place in the 6th century AD.
From his biography it follows that one day he saw how the locals buried one of their own, and they told him that the poor fellow was attacked by a monster who lived in the lake.
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The real meeting of the saint with Nessie took place at the moment when one of his students jumped into the water to swim across a narrow strait and drive a boat. At that moment, the very monster rose from the water and only by a miracle of Columbus was able to drive him away with the help of prayer. This can be treated in different ways, but it was then that the first meeting with a strange creature was documented.
Conflict between the Scots and the British over Nessie
These two peoples have always disliked each other, even though they are part of the same country, but in 1933 they had another serious conflict.
Then the British wanted to come and kill the Loch Ness monster. They wanted to do this in order to exhibit his stuffed animal in the Natural History Museum in London. Of course, the Scots didn't like it very much. First of all, they were unhappy with the fact that Nessie had already become their property and entered the traditions of the people. But even this could be tolerated, but the fact that a stuffed monster would have stood in a London museum simply infuriated the locals.
It is said that in this video, a Loch Ness monster swam with a fish in the background. Hard to believe. And where was this camera ever installed?
Local lawmakers even began to prepare documents prohibiting such activities, and ordinary residents were ready to personally rush to protect the monster, but this did not come to that. Gradually, the activity subsided and the British somehow changed their minds to conduct such a hunt. Perhaps they realized that they would not catch anyone.
The Loch Ness monster could be confused with an elephant
I saved the most delicious for last. British paleontologist Neil Clark conducted an interesting study in 2005 that led him to the conclusion that Nessie might be an elephant.
In order to come to such an explanation, he checked the dates when the appearance of the monster was recorded and the periods of touring in the nearby settlements of traveling circuses.
As a result, he came to the conclusion that it was the bathing elephants that could be mistaken by the locals and guests of the region for a monster. When an elephant swims, it holds its trunk above the water, and its head may look like the back of a monster. From a distance, such errors are quite possible.
Basically, it really looks like an elephant.
Is there a Loch Ness monster
It is worth being realistic and understanding that, probably, the ancient monster, which by some miracle lived in one lake for millions of years, does not exist. On the other hand, how interesting such a legend is.
I have been to the UK more than once, and when I found myself in the region of Scotland, I wanted to visit this lake, but every time it did not work. Even on me it makes some kind of enchanting impression, not to mention ordinary tourists.
But since we are talking about real things, then studies were carried out, according to which samples were taken from the lake in order to understand what kind of biomaterial is present in them and nothing unusual was found there. All that scientists found were traces of common animals and fish from this region. Even talk about underwater tunnels, through which the monster could swim away from the lake for a while, are groundless.
Strong currents in the lake can be a refutation of the fact that someone big was floating on the water. They are invisible to the eye, but they can carry large objects through the water, which were mistaken by people for a monster.
So Nessie doesn't exist? Or were we just not looking well enough for him? Or does it not want us to find it yet? Let's leave the legend as a legend and not completely deny the existence of the monster. At least in order to have something to argue about.