Loch Ness Monster, New Apple Map Image Renews Mystery In Scotland

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster is one of the most mysterious and enduring popular folklore myths in modern history and even though it is highly unlikely that such a monster really exists in the Scottish Highlands lake, every time a possible "sighting" is reported it makes headlines.

The Loch Ness Monster is categorized as a cryptid, in other words, some kind of creature which has been talked about, but not discovered or proven to exist.

But how did the legendary Loch Ness Monster's tale came to be?

Initial reports began in 1871, but the first time the term "monster" was associated with the Loch Ness being was on May 2, 1933, when Alex Campbell -- a water bailiff for the lake and part-time journalist -- used it in a local publication.

One of many Loch Ness Monster sightings.

In August of the same year, the same publication -- the Inverness Courier -- published another article that told the account of Londoner, George Spicer, who said that earlier that month he and his wife had witnessed "the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life" moving across a road on the Loch Ness carrying what looked to be an animal in its mouth.

Following the Spicer account, other anonymous wirters began sending similar stories to the paper, with claims of their own sightings of some type of "monster" making appearances in Loch Ness.

Soon the reports made the national and later international news with media reports dubbing the creature a dragon, a sea serpent, or a monster fish. Eventually the name by which we know the being now, Loch Ness Monster, stuck.

To further increase the speculation of whether such a monster really existed, the first photograph taken by Hugh Gray was published on December 6, 1933 in the Daily Express and the rest is history as they say.

Photo of Loch Ness Monster in the news

Since the 1930s, "Nessie," as the Loch Ness Monster is affectionately known by enthusiasts, has been allegedly spotted several times and blurry photos have been published in newspapers all over the world.

As reported by The Inquisitr, the latest sighting of the Loch Ness Monster comes to us courtesy of Apple iOS Maps, which captured an aerial photograph in Dores, a village south of the Loch, reported by two Nessie enthusiasts, who claim the image is that of Nessie.

Do you believe the Loch Ness Monster exists or that it is a bunch of brouhaha?

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