The Loch Ness Monster is a Scottish legend that goes back to the 7th century. Many stories about Nessie, an aquatic creature said to be living in Loch Ness lake in Scotland, have circulated over the years. The biggest media frenzy over the Loch Ness monster took place in the 1930s with eyewitness reports and even an image of the creature. It was discovered in the 90s that the 1934 photo of the Loch Ness Monster was a hoax by a newspaper photographer, and the image was the picture of a toy submarine shaped like a water creature. Fans of the mysterious monster, however, continue to believe that it exists.
Whether the Loch Ness Monster exists or not, it is legally a protected species under Scotland's Protection of Animals Act of 1912. Although enthusiasts search for the creature in the deep waters of the Loch Ness from time to time, these efforts must not harm any creature that the Loch Ness is home to.
More about the Loch Ness Monster:
- Loch Ness literally means "Lake Ness," as "loch" is the Scottish word for "lake."
- Believed to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain that is 2.5 miles (4km) long and 754 feet (229m) deep.
- In the 1970 film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, the Loch Ness Monster is revealed to be a secret British submarine.