NatGeo: The Truth Behind The Loch Ness Monster
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It's said that the first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 AD, when followers of the missionary St. Columba reportedly saw a monster in the Loch.
In 2009, a man claimed he saw the Loch Ness monster via Google Earth satellite images.
Since 1987, bookmaker William Hill has paid the Natural History Museum in London an annual fee of £1,000 to ensure that its experts would confirm Nessie’s identity, should the monster ever be found.
A 2006 survey named the Loch Ness Monster as the most famous Scot—surpassing both poet Robert Burns and actor Sir Sean Connery.
One explanation for Nessie says that, because the Loch is directly over the Great Glen Fault, “sightings” are actually disturbances on the water surface caused by fault activity.
It’s been suggested that Nessie died as a result of global warming.
In 2005, 100 athletes taking part in Scotland’s biggest triathlon were reportedly each insured for £1 million against bites from the Loch Ness Monster.
The Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain.
The Loch Ness is 788 feet deep and about 23 miles long.
Besides the Loch Ness, other very deep bodies of water in Scotland and Scandinavia are said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster.
Explanations for aquatic monsters are endless, and include theories like large fish, optical illusions, and massive underwater waves.
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