Loch Ness monster facts and evidence are hard to sift through. But it's not old Nessie that makes this difficult.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, became the center of a controversy when George Edwards, the owner of Loch Ness Cruises, sent a letter to the 70-plus members of the Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce, ripping them for referring to Nessie as a myth:
"I believe they are doing more harm than good in promoting Loch Ness tourism with their negative theories. How many people come here to see the Loch Ness Big Fish or the Loch Ness Big Wave?"
So what are the facts and evidence about the Loch Ness Monster? Nessie is a Scottish name meaning "pure," which is kind of ironic considering how the Loch Ness Monster story got started. In 1933, a couple said they spotted a monster and a London surgeon named Kenneth Wilson published the famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster, but then it was admitted as a hoax decades later, likely a toy submarine with a serpent's head. Various other hoaxes and pranks have led to the continuing popularity of the Loch Ness Monster.
But Loch Ness Monster stories started much earlier. The first Loch Ness monster sighting occurred in 565 AD by St Columba as he took a swim in Loch Ness, which apparently never freezes. There have been more than 1,000 recorded sightings of Nessie, but so far no scientific evidence of the Nessiteras rhombopteryx. If the Loch Ness Monster ever really existed it probably was a pliosaur, which apparently suffers from arthritis. The closest scientists have ever come is the discovery of the jaws and skeleton of the Siberian Loch Ness Monster called Nesski.
In 2003, a team of researchers sponsored by BBC undertook the largest and most comprehensive search of Loch Ness ever conducted. They scoured Loch Ness using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation. One of the lead searchers, Ian Florence, said the Loch Ness Monster was nowhere to be found:
"We went from shoreline to shoreline, top to bottom on this one, we have covered everything in this loch, and we saw no signs of any large animal living in the loch."
Loch Ness Monster defenders claim the creature might be able to move on land and shift between bodies of water. And in 2012 one man claimed he had a Loch Ness Monster sonar photo, but the results were inconclusive according to critics.
Do you think the Loch Ness Monster is real?