On May 2, 1933, a story appeared in Scotland’s Inverness Courier about the sighting of a mysterious creature that rose to the surface of the Lake at Loch Ness and has been sought ever since. Here are five crazy facts you probably didn't know about Scotland’s famous monster...
Nessie Sightings Date Back to the Year 565. May 2, 1933, was the first account of the Loch Ness "Monster," but by no means is it the first recorded account of a "water beast" living in the lakes and rivers of the Scottish Highlands. The earliest record dates back to a book called The Life of St. Columba by Adomnán in 565 AD. In the account, Columba—an Irish missionary—comes across a group burying a man killed by a large "water beast." Columba later saves a swimmer in the River Ness (not Loch) from the monster. Despite the story, the 1933 account is largely considered the first authoritative sighting of the monster.
Apple Caught an Alleged Satellite Image of the Monster. In 2014, Apple made waves (literally) when a satellite photographing Loch Ness for Apple Maps captured a strange fish-like formation in the center of the lake. Nessie believers were quick to point to the photo as the latest evidence of an aquatic beast living in the depths of the Scottish Highlands. However, skeptics have been quick to attribute the admittedly strange formation to a boat or seal.
In 1987, a Group Spent £1 Million Trying to Find the Monster. Dubbed "Operation Deepscan," the 1987 mission, led by Loch Ness Monster enthusiast Adrian Shine, had 24 boats equipped with echosounder technology. At one point in the mission, scientists encountered an object that they claim was larger than a shark but smaller than a whale. Despite the excitement, no conclusive evidence regarding the existence of a monster was ever presented, and the mission was dubbed a flop.
The Famous "Surgeon's Photo" Was Really Just a Toy Submarine with a Wooden Head Attached. In 1934, British gynecologist Kenneth Wilson snapped a series of photos at Loch Ness that for the next few decades would be widely regarded as the first official "proof" of a monster hiding in the depths of the lake. But, in 1975, The Sunday Telegraph lifted the veil on how Dr. Wilson fabricated the image using a toy submarine purchased from Woolworth's and a wooden head and neck fastened to the top of the toy. Analysts have revealed that the majority of photos and videos today show clear signs of fabrication, while others are clearly just mistaken animals, debris, or...possibly a monster.
Some People Believe Nessie is Dead. In early 2017, Nessie had been going through a bit of dry spell. After a "monster skeleton" washed ashore (one of the more obvious-looking hoaxes) and more than eight months without a single sighting, people began questioning whether the mythic beast had finally kicked the bucket. Then, in May 2017, a nurse from Manchester made the first official sighting of 2017, reviving rumors of the monster's existence. There has already been one sighting in 2018!