, 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
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.
But reported sightings at Loch Ness go all the way back to 565AD, according to historian, Professor Henry H Bauer. The
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.