Mythological Creatures: Loch Ness Monster

MythDen.com - Loch Ness Monster

Scotland is home to one of the world's most enduring and popular myths; that of the Loch Ness Monster (affectionately shortened to 'Nessie'). Every year, thousands of people flock to Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature. Most people who claim to have seen the beast describe it as about 30 feet in length, with a long neck and flippers in the middle of its body. Such descriptions are similar to that of an extinct dinosaur called the plesiosaur...

The first recorded sighting of the monster was in 565 AD, when it was said to have snatched up and eaten a local farmer. Hearing of this, St. Columba, the abbot of Iona, is said to have sent one of his own followers into the river, which again brought forth the beast from the depths. Making the sign of the cross, Columba commanded the creature to stop, and it fled. Interest in the Loch Ness Monster was sparked again in the 1930's when a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Spicer claimed they saw a strange animal cross the road in front of their car, describing it as a large beast with a long neck and no visible limbs heading toward the loch. The next month, a man called Arthur Grant claimed he nearly collided with the animal while riding his motorcycle. Since then there have been countless claims, but no evidential proof of existence. However, with Loch Ness being over 23 miles long and over 750 feet deep, the search continues.