The Enigma of the Loch Ness Monster Unraveling the Mystery

“The Enigma of the Loch Ness Monster: Unraveling the Mystery Behind the Elusive Water Beast – 90 Years After the First Photo” | Offbeat News

, a man named Hugh Gray may well have started the orginal viral trend when he snapped the first known photograph of a creature lurking in Loch Ness. Or, naysayers would argue, an unidentifiable object floating in Scotland’s famous deep waters. Either way, the image caused a ripple effect that’s still being felt to this day, with people across the world visiting Loch Ness in the hope of getting a photo of “The Loch Ness monster” themselves.

But it hasn’t just been casual visitors. Teams of investigators, underwater photographers and search teams have tried to find conclusive evidence of the infamous “water beast”, also known as Nessie. In fact, the biggest search of the loch in 50 years took place over two days in August, with around 100 volunteers looking for the mysterious creature each day. The beast remained hidden throughout.

Image: Volunteers watch the surface of Loch Ness. Pic: AP
Image: Nessie Hunter vessel used as part of largest monster hunt for 50 years in August.
Pic: AP

But reported sightings at Loch Ness go all the way back to 565AD, according to historian, Professor Henry H Bauer. The The Inverness Courier‘s report, along with Hugh Gray’s photo taken later that year, sparked a global and long-lasting fascination with finding the elusive monster.

We are now at least 1,155 official sightings in – and counting. There have been nine logged sightings this year, with the last one coming on 7 October from a man on a coach that was passing the loch. Much like with most jobs and hobbies, monster hunting has moved into the 21st century, with an Inverness and Loch Ness tourist site allowing you to investigate from the comfort of your home, via 24/7 CCTV across the loch.

Numerous theories have been put forward over the years, including that the creature may be a prehistoric marine reptile, a swimming circus elephant (yes, really) or, most recently, a giant eel.

Image: Remains of a Plesiosaur, the dinosaur which many believe inspired the legend of the Loch Ness monster. ‘Real or not, it’s a win-win’. PicSteve Challice/Cover Images/AP

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