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Facts: The Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster

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  • It's said that the first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 AD, when followers of the missionary St. Columba reportedly saw a monster in the Loch.

  • In 2009, a man claimed he saw the Loch Ness monster via Google Earth satellite images.

  • Since 1987, bookmaker William Hill has paid the Natural History Museum in London an annual fee of £1,000 to ensure that its experts would confirm Nessie’s identity, should the monster ever be found.

  • A 2006 survey named the Loch Ness Monster as the most famous Scot—surpassing both poet Robert Burns and actor Sir Sean Connery.

  • One explanation for Nessie says that, because the Loch is directly over the Great Glen Fault, “sightings” are actually disturbances on the water surface caused by fault activity.

  • It’s been suggested that Nessie died as a result of global warming.

  • In 2005, 100 athletes taking part in Scotland’s biggest triathlon were reportedly each insured for £1 million against bites from the Loch Ness Monster.

  • The Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain.

  • The Loch Ness is 788 feet deep and about 23 miles long.

  • Besides the Loch Ness, other very deep bodies of water in Scotland and Scandinavia are said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster.

  • Explanations for aquatic monsters are endless, and include theories like large fish, optical illusions, and massive underwater waves.