Urquhart Castle sits a silent stone sentinel, guarding the vast waters before it. Waiting, watching, for a glimpse of its most famous inhabitant. The Loch Ness Monster.
Nessie, possibly the most famous mythological marine creature in the world, is said to exist deep in the murky waters of Loch Ness near Inverness, Scotland. Many people claim to have seen this large, long necked, flippered friend. Some sightings date as far back as Pictish stone carvings (think back before Rome invaded England! That’s old!). A 565 AD biography of St. Columba contains the first written mentions of Nessie. It’s said that our mysterious beastie chomped a swimmer and was poised to go after another, but St. Columba commanded it back, and the creature obeyed (www.britanica.com).
Loch Ness, with a depth of close to 800 feet, and a length of nearly 23 miles, has plenty of places for a giant marine creature to hide. The loch is filled with fresh water and holds a larger volume of fresh water than any other lake in Great Britain (www.history.com). What if Nessie really has been hiding for centuries? Could it be possible?
Let’s look for just one minute at a real creature that has indisputable proof of existence in the fossil record. Meet the plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs had a small head, long willowy neck, a plump, rounded body, and four flippers (www.britanica.com). Sound a bit like the common description of our favorite loch-loving friend?
What if dinosaurs didn’t all die out however many years ago? What if some of them survived? Maybe even secretly thrived? Could Nessie be one such creature? Scientists are still discovering new land and marine animals every year. Why couldn’t Nessie have escaped notice? Especially in the deep shadowy waters of a giant lake, or if the Nessie population is small.
The most famous Nessie photograph, captured in the early 1930’s, was proved to be a hoax in 1993. However, it’s important to note that of the three men who concocted the toy submarine-based photo, one of them claims to have seen the Loch Ness Monster and remains a believer (http://www.unmuseum.org/nesshoax.htm).
What do you think? Is Nessie real, or has she always just been a hoax? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Go to the top of the post, click the grey “Comments” and it’ll take you right there.
Dragons of the Deep by Carl Wieland
The New Answers Book 1 by Ken Ham
The Fossil Book by Gary Parker
CREATIVE WRITING PROMPTS
“Is that…” the words died away as a head towered out of the water. Beady yellow eyes fixed on us as the sun glinted off rows of tiny, needle like teeth.
The Loch Ness Monster is/is not real. Why or why not?
Nessie was my best friend. Only no one else knew she existed.
The Loch Ness Monster Myth
National Geographic on Loch Ness Sightings
The History Channel on Loch Ness
Award winning, professional harpist, Tiffany Schaefer, plays a beautiful rendition of the Scottish song, “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon”