Real Monsters or Human’s imagination? The Loch Ness Monster



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Real Monsters or Human’s imagination? ---- The Loch Ness Monster

Lufan Chen

Arizona State University

Loch Ness is a long, narrow lake located in the Scottish Highlands. It is the second largest and also deep loch in Scotland. The first recorded sighting of Ness Monster was in 565 A.D. by Saint Columba. On his once trip to the highlands, he ran across a group of people burying a man who bitted by the monster in the Ness. After that, especially in recent centuries, thousands of people say they saw the monster in the Loch Ness. However, there is no official claim states that the Ness Monster is real. Therefore, is it real or myth became a hot topic attracts people to searching.



How it starts

The monster of Ness has been a mysterious guess among people who interested about it. Is it real or not confused people all the time, some says yes while some says no. Every year, thousands of visitors came to the Loch Ness to find out the miracle creature ---- the Loch Ness Monster. Some people claim they saw the big monster, even they took a picture of it. Some do not even believe the monster exists. The term "monster" was reportedly applied for the first time to the creature on 2 May 1933 by Alex Campbell, the water bailiff [1] for Loch Ness [2] and a part-time journalist, in a report in The Inverness Courier [3]. (Wikipedia) In recent decades, more and more people states they found the evidence of the existing of Loch Ness Monster. Also, there is a famous website named “Legend of Ness” provides the platform for people to communicate online. In this website, people can check out most of the evidence of the Loch Ness monster is real. Evidence and proofs can be found at this page: http://www.nessie.co.uk/htm/the_evidence/sight.html. It said “All sighting and photographic references on this page are documented and can be verified thorough various publications.”(Legend of Nessie)



What is the Loch Ness Monster?

One of the main reasons why people so interested in the Ness Monster is because they guess the Ness Monster, if it really exists, it could be Plesiosaur which should be extinct millions of years ago. The most description of Loch Ness Monster is long-neck, four fin-shaped legs, huge and mysterious.

It exists because nobody can proof it does not exist

No matter how people doubt the existence of The Loch Ness Monster, It has been the most famous “cryptid” in the world. The only reason why I say it is a cryptid is because there are various witnesses but the existence is still not recognized by establishment science. It makes none sense at all. The best and powerful statement of it is real that the Loch Ness Monster exists is there are no proof can prove the Loch Ness monster does not exist.

In 1933, George Spicer claimed to see a huge, long-necked, “most extraordinary form of animal” slowly crossing the road in front of his car, on its way back into Loch Ness.(George Spicer, 1933)

What is more, there are many photos of Loch Ness Monster that people can search and see on the internet. For example, this famous picture which produced in 1934 by Chris Spurling shows the most direct evidence of Loch Ness Monster. (Chris Spurling 1934)

People can see there is a long neck monster in the middle of the lake. However, there is some evidence says that this picture is fake. There are several details show that the picture is human made by using technical methods. No matter how they argue and doubt it, it is true that many people says they do see the Ness Monster and have images recorded it.

Just a gimmick stunt? For Profits?

With the myth phenomenon became a hot topic in the society, local government and some individuals start making profits with the excuse of searching the Ness Monster. For example, from 1962 to 1972, The Loch ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau (LNPIB) was formed and run by Norman Collins, R.S.R. Fitter, David James, MP, Peter Scott and Constance Whyte. The LNPIB was organized to identify the creature known as the Loch Ness Monster at first. Later on, it turned into an organization that organize volunteers to watch the loch form various vantage points. The visitors to the Loch Ness do help built the local economic boom.

It is a joke!

The BBC organized a searching event with using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite tracking in the Loch Ness. The English people search the full loch without finding something that even similar to the Loch Ness Monster. The scientists involved in the expedition judged that there is no such real existence of Loch Ness monster. The monster is just a myth, or just a joke. (2003 BBC)

Some people who said found the Monster at most all the time were just misidentified the common animals. Bird wakes, Eels, Elephant, Seals and some resident animals are the mostly mis-viewed animals. The evidence of these animals left in the lake mislead people to the wrong direction to make themselves sure that they saw the monster. Also, sometimes the inanimate objects or effects like trees, seiches and wakes are also the reasons people think they see the Ness Monster.

What is the situation later on..

It is still myth and some people still believe the Loch Ness Monster is real since no one found the clear and directly enough evidence to prove it. With the time moves, people would finally find out if it is real or not. No matter if the Monster is real or not, the local society economic do develops.


  1.  The Sun 27 November 1975: I'm the man who first coined the word "monster" for the creature.

  2. Jump up to:a b c R. Binns The Loch Ness Mystery Solved pp 11–12

  3. Jump up^ Inverness Courier 2 May 1933 "Loch Ness has for generations been credited with being the home of a fearsome-looking monster"

  4. George Spicer, 1933 “George Spicer claimed to see a huge…” [Web Log Post]. http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/dinosaurcontroversies/a/10-Facts-About-The-Loch-Ness-Monster.htm

  5. Chris Spurling, 1934 [Web Log Post] Retrieved from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2825102/Is-Nessie-emerging-deep-Monster-s-head-pictured-surface-choppy-Loch-Ness.html

  6.  "BBC 'proves' Nessie does not exist"BBC News. 27 July 2003. Retrieved 4 April 2010.


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