Existence of a monster in Loch Ness is debated among scientists and enthusiasts. Using sonar and tracking devices, no bona fide proof that the Loch Ness monster exists has been produced. However, hearsay and folklore have grasped the attention of some parties. For over 1,500 years, there has been a lack of significant evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.
In the depths of Loch Ness, Great Britain’s largest body of freshwater, the unidentified creature, affectionately known as “Nessie”, is believed to take residence (San Souci 14). However, the loch has many mysteries of its own. For example, the temperature of the water should be cold enough to freeze over, but it never does (Berke 21). Only twenty miles away, snow falls occur often on the
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In the late 1930’s, William Akins, a Loch Ness scientist, composed a list of requirements needed to make a good quality scientific report about the Loch Ness monster (Berke 21). This list included the location of sighting, distance away from the beast, weather conditions, and details on the animal’s appearance (Berke 21). To rule out false sightings, Akins dismissed reports if the sighting was less than ten minutes long or it was a cloudy day (Berke 21). There have been numerous scientific eyewitness reports about the Loch Ness from several sources. On August 11, 1933, A. H. Palmer reported seeing the head of an animal opening and closing its mouth as well as antennas from about 100 yards away (Berke 22). This sighting lasted thirty minutes (Berke 22). Another scientific report occurred in May 1934 when Brother Horan saw a beast 30 yards off shore. The descriptions of the animal most resemble a seal (Berke 22-23). Misidentifications, tourism and selfishness of some individuals are the real Loch Ness monster. Deceptions of the eye by what is thought to be seen and what is an accurate perception can conclude to misidentification. When birds are flying over the water’s still surface, “V shapes” are created by momentum in flight.