I remember the monster of Loch Ness as one of the first legends I’ve heard about when I was younger. Its name is Nessie, and it’s the beast said to inhabit the Scottish lake of Loch Ness, often described as a solitary animal. Actually, the word “Loch” is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for “lake”. A creature similar to a dinosaur or a sea serpent seems to have been seen several times by people, although there is not certain proof of its real existence (the only proofs available are photographic material and sonar readings, but most of them are considered fakes).

The very first monster report was made by a Catholic legend, telling the story of this giant monster that was threatening a man in the Ness River, near the famous lake. But, the great notoriety of Nessie began in 1933, when a local newspaper reported real strange sightings in the lake, apparently violent splashing in the water and singular sounds.

The most common speculation among the believers of the monster of Loch Ness is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving dinosaurs, and one of the few cases in the world of sightings of this kind.

However, year after year, many “monster haunters” have visited the shores of Loch Ness, just to try seeing something strange in the lake’s water.

In the 1960th several British universities even launched expeditions to the lake, using sonars to search the deep, with thousands of volunteers.

In 1973 a manned underwater observation chamber was constructed, by a man that is now considered the most important Loch Ness researcher in the world, Adrian Shine. Not only has he organized important expeditions to the lake and founded the Loch Ness & Morar Project, but he has also focused on the dynamics and diversity and deep lakes in general.

Have you ever been to Loch Ness?