The Painted People
The legend of the Loch Ness monster began in Northern Scotland from the painted people also known as the Picts. These people had stone tablets wherein different animal pictures were illustrated. All of these animals can be recognize, except for one strange beast which nowadays known as the Loch Ness monster.
On his way to visit a Pictish King, Saint Columba saw someone swimming at the shore. Columba also saw a strange creature was going to attack the man, he then raised his hand and commanded the creature to flee from the swimmer; the creature was then tamed and followed his order. This happened in 565 A.D. and was the first dated sighting of the Loch Ness monster.
Tim Dinsdale’s Film
A film taken by Tim Dinsdale, shows the movement of a dark mysterious object in the Loch. The film was taken on April 23, 1960. Those who have studied it proved that the film was a fake; they made an investigation using a boat as a substitution for the mysterious object and filming it with the same position where Tim made his film and it turned out the same results.
Protection of Animals Act, 1912
The Loch Ness monster, despite of still being a myth, would be under the Scotland’s law of “Protection of Animals Act, 1912” if it was captured. This law stated that any animal that is being held captured would be protected by the Government.
The Couple’s Witness
In April, 1933, Mr. George Spice with his wife was on their way home on the newly built road at the Loch Ness. They said to have unexpectedly seen a prehistoric animal out of the water. This encounter was written up for the Inverness Courier and the term “monster” was used to describe the creature, thus creating the widely known legend of The Loch Ness Monster.
Loch Ness Lake
The Loch Ness Lake is the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster. The lake is over 450 to 700 feet deep and about 20 miles long. It is also considered the largest lake in Scotland Highlands in terms of volume.
More Than a Legend
Despite of years of failure to provide proofs for the existence of the strange creature, eyewitnesses continued to rise and state their sightings. Over 4,000 different citizens including lawyers, priests, teachers, policemen and fishermen has said that they saw the monster above the waters.
The Most Famous Picture
Robert Wilson was the man behind the most famous picture of the Loch Ness monster. But despite being the most famous, the picture was confessed to be a fake by Christian Spurling who helped Robert to set up the hoax.
Dr. Robert’s Expedition
On August 8, 1972, an expedition capturing a photograph of a strange aquatic animal was lead by Dr. Robert Rines, the former President of the Academy of Applied Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Rines used sonar equipments and underwater cameras in this expedition. A camera in the depth of 45ft captured a picture of the animal’s flipper. According to experts, the flipper was estimated to be from 6 to 8 feet in length proving that this creature was enormous.
Sir Peter Scott, former Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, gave the Loch Ness monster a scientific name (Nessiteras rhombopteryx). This name means “The wonder of Ness with the diamond shaped fin” if translated to Greek. Dr. Robert Rines discovered the re-arranged version of this name as “Yes, both Pix are Monster R” and others said it could be read as “Monster Hoax by Sir Peter S”.