If you were to travel anywhere in the world and ask a local if they knew where Inverness was they would most likely give a look of confusion and answer ‘no’ , however, if you were to ask if they had heard of the elusive beast the Loch Ness Monster nine times out of ten they would know exactly whom you were talking about!
Nessie the infamous Loch Ness Monster was first catapulted to fame 86 years ago in the year 1933 when local newspaper ‘The Inverness Courier’ published a report headlined “STRANGE SPECTACLE ON LOCH NESS!” , ever since that first report the story of a mysterious creature living in the depths of the dark waters of Loch Ness has continued to capture people’s imaginations.
Every year thousands of visitors come to the shores of Loch Ness in the hope of getting a chance to glimpse this worldwide megastar and many people believe they have actually seen Nessie, some even have videos of what they think is the monster popping to the surface before quickly submerging back to the depths.
There’s also been many a scientist come to prove/disprove the existence of the beast but nobody has yet succeeded in providing hard evidence that there is or is not a monster! Just last year Professor Neil Gemmell and his colleagues travelled all the way from The University of Otago in New Zealand to undertake a scientific study where they would take water samples from different parts of Loch Ness over a 2 week period to study for any traces of a monster. The team would do this by using a new scientific technique which can pick up even the most miniscule trace of fur, skin, scales, faeces or urine. Let’s hope their findings which are due to be released next month don’t cause a stink amongst Nessie fanatics, although, Professor Gemmel has stated that ‘the myth is likely to endure’ even after his findings are released. Keep your eyes peeled to find out what the findings unveil.
Just last week there was a video recording by a couple claiming to have seen Nessie, in fact these video recordings have been coming in thick and fast over the last few years with people now having such quick access to a camera via their phones making it easier to capture any unusual activty. This year will also mark the 54 year anniversary of the late Ian Cameron’s sighting of the monster, on the that fateful night he and 8 others all on different points of the Loch reported seeing a powerful object in the water turning against the headwind before disappearing, none of these people had met each other prior to this sighting…spooky!
If there is one thing we can be sure off it’s that Nessie sure does like to keep people on their toes. Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster? Why not come join us on a cruise and find out for yourselves whether she’s myth or legend!