Loch Ness has gained popularity, sadly, not much for its beauty but for the infamous Loch Ness monster or Nessie. A large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, it does sound like an intriguing location to explore for a lot of Lomographers. Check out their photos of this location after the jump!
The second largest Scottish loch (after Loch Lomond) with a surface area of 56.4 km2 (21.8 sq mi), it is still considered as the largest due to its great depth. The Loch Ness’ deepest point is 230 m (755 ft), deeper than any Loch with the exception of Loch Morar. It has more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault.
But aside from its massive size (or maybe because of it?) the Loch Ness is more popularly known for the alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, which the locals have affectionately referred to as “Nessie”.
The Loch Ness monster is actually just one of the supposed lake monsters in Scotland, whose descriptions are pretty much the same. It was brought to the world’s attention in 1933 although the only available evidence of the Loch Ness monster’s existence is just anecdotal, with some minimal (and much-disputed photographic material).
Nessie is believed to belong to a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs (cold-blooded reptiles requiring warm tropical waters) however, scientists dismiss the Loch Ness Monster as nothing more but a modern-day myth, explaining that the sightings were just a mix of false stories and wishful thinking. Still, Nessie still makes for one of the most popular examples of cryptozoology and has been used in literature, movies, TV, music, as well as a lot of documentary programs.
The Loch Ness Monster featured on Monster Quest
So what do you think? Is Nessie real or just a figment of our imagination?