Inverness Chronical ran a story on this day in which local people claim to have
seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface" of Loch
caused a media sensation and London newspapers sent correspondents to check out
their claims. The Daily Mail ran the headline:
OF LOCH NESS IS NOT LEGEND BUT A FACT."
Loch Ness is an enormous body of water, the biggest in the UK, 800 feet deep and
23 miles long.
the legend of the monster did not begin in 1933. One of the earliest sightings
was in 500 AD when local Picts painted strange creatures on stones near Loch Ness.
Century Irish missionary, Saint Columba, claims he saw a beast about to attack
a man, but after Columba recited a prayer, the monster withdrew.
incidentally a new road had opened in 1933 and after the May 2 coverage its
usage rose considerably.
of the main claims is that Nessie is a plesiosaur, a long-extinct dinosaur. However
there is debate. A number of expeditions in the 1960's and 70's, using sonar equipment
and underwater cameras, could possibly have added to the intrigue, with flipper
like photographs suggesting a large creature is down there, and many reports of
a large 'thing' down there.
is a famous picture of the Loch Ness Monster taken in 1934 which seems to show
a small head on a long neck poking out of the Loch. This was revealed to be a
hoax in 1994.