Despite all of the blurry photos and hoax videos, a new report claims that the Loch Ness monster isn't actually real.
According to a new report in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, many people believe that the mythical beast in Loch Ness lake exists due to occasional tremors and swirling bubbles on the surface of the water. The report claims that this is caused by an active fault running under the lake and not by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.
Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi said that Loch Ness monster sightings have coincided with periods of activity along the Great Glen fault system.
Piccardi said: "There are various effects on the surface of the water that can be related to the activity of the fault.. If we consider the terms used by Adamnan, the beast appears and disappears with great shakes. I think it's an obvious description of what really happened… We know that this was a period [1920-1930, a period characterized by many reported sightings of Nessie] with increased activity of the fault, in reality people have seen the effects of the earthquakes on the water.
As for the photos? Well, most of those can be chalked up to hoaxes. Even the most famous photo of Nessie, dubbed the surgeon's photo, was deemed to be fake. The photo surfaced in the 1930s and spawned national interest in the mythical creature.
The Museum of Hoaxes writes: "Stewart Campbell analyzed the photo in a 1984 article in the British Journal of Photography. Campbell concluded that the object in the water could only have been two or three feet long, at most, and that it probably was an otter or a marine bird."
There have been several expeditions into Loch Ness lake in search of the mythical monster but no one has found definitive proof of Nessie's existence. The new report may have solved the mystery behind the Loch Ness monster but it probably won't stop people from believing that a strange beast resides in the Scotland lake.