Dinosaurs and everything that dwelt in the ice age manages to somehow resurface through fossils and cave paintings! But that hasn't stopped curious researchers from digging deep into the Loch Ness Monster's whereabouts. What? Are we even talking about it? Well, it may sound weird, though, but yes—this has been going on for decades! Moreover, many people have claimed to have seen a monstrous creepy-crawly lurking beneath the lake, only to disappear as soon as it spots the first ripple in the water! However, these mysterious sightings have pushed scientists closer to Loch Ness's dark secret.
The curious topic of the Loch Ness Monster or simply, the "Nessie," isn't something that brewed overnight. Perhaps, many Scottish natives of the bygone era have seriously claimed to have seen something unidentified in the deep freshwater. These telltale fantasies have been much speculative among curious researchers who took to their mission of somehow tracking down the creature.
Those were the days that didn't see much of the technology we're enjoying now. In fact, the so-called stories stemmed from ancient folks and local mythical beliefs of a giant creature that lived in the deep freshwater loch in Scotland. These stories and descriptions are wrapped with bizarre facts that may or may not be accurate. Yet, some were stranger than what others claim to have seen.
Apart from the mythical recipes that cooked around the Loch Ness monster, one thing fits in for sure—the Scottish Highlands were once the primary source of farmland populated by the tribal natives called the Picts. Today, the Picts are known for two things—their artistic creations and their love for animals—two aspects that spin through the other.
Pictish art can still be found today across the Scottish Highlands. Perhaps, most of them are carved into stones around Loch Ness. Though most of the animals depicted in these carvings are easy to decrypt, there's a mysterious one that's a topic of eerie questions. This bizarre creature endlessly appears in the Pictish art, yet, historians aren't anywhere near what it is.
Dubbed as the "Pictish Beast," this strange-looking creature looks like a fusion of an elephant and a seahorse. Though cloning and scientific stuff never existed during the days of the Picts, it's a tangled mystery that has been going on for years in the Loch Ness region. But of all the mysteries, there's one thing about the depiction that startles historians and people altogether—the beast's neck.
Unlike other creatures, the Loch Ness monster's neck is given a massive makeover in the Pictish art. This somehow has raised suspicions whether the Picts created the beast out of a fantasy or whether they've seen it for real. Whatever the theory might be, everything points out to one common direction—the Loch Ness, where the long-necked beast is believed to live.
However, strange, mythical beliefs date back not to merely decades but to a whopping 1,500 years. Back then, the locals believed that the lakes and streams in the region were home to various mysterious creatures. Over the years until the dawn of the 21st century, water bodies in Scotland have coved infinite mysteries and beliefs regarding the sighting of strange beasts, Nessie being the most talked-about creatures in the list.
Coming to the present world and all the technology-laden era, the ancient beliefs regarding these mythical creatures might sound weird. But what if you heard about the existence of the Nessie from a person you trusted the most? Well, that's the tale of what happened in 565 A.D. It came from Saint Columba, the Irish abbot who brought Christianity to Scotland.
It is believed that Columba was walking along Loch Ness when he spotted a strange, monstrous creature on its way to attack a swimmer. He raised his arm and commanded the beast to flee, which left the swimmer unharmed. Flashing forward to 1933, the British circus offered about 20,000 pounds for anyone who captured the gothic creature.
Years passed, and the world witnessed hundreds of eclipses and tides, yet, tracking down the Loch Ness monster stemmed as a never-ending option for scientists and curious-minded folks. With that, Nessie's unproven existence moved from research to a bedtime story that parents used to scare their kids to sleep. However, nothing stopped the expedition teams that flooded the Loch Ness region to scout the mystical creature.
That included Oxford, Cambridge, and even BBC! However, none of them were able to conclude Nessie's existence and its whereabouts. While tourism in the Scottish Highlands was at its peak in the early twentieth century, in 1934, a tourist spotted a mysterious creature and photographed it immediately. Nevertheless, the picture sparked years of controversy despite becoming an evident Nessie sighting.
Over the years, Loch Ness has emerged as a stable ground for tourism and exploration—thanks to Nessie! While most of the visitors pour into the place hoping to have a glimpse of the mystical creature, Scotland's economy has seen a drastic rise, but no one has seen anything like Nessie. However, people haven't stopped claiming about spotting either the head or the bumpy back of the mystical creature.
In 2019 alone, about twelve people have reportedly claimed to have seen the Loch Ness monster. The same year, a boat skipper logged a mysteriously large creature on his sonar. Nevertheless, no one has been able to stick to their claims with substantial evidence. Though hundreds of Nessie sightings are reported every year, the result would be debunked as swans, otters, floating debris, and movie props.
While some think that Nessie is nothing but a giant catfish or eel, others believe it is nothing more than an enormous Greenland Shark. However, one of the most debatable beliefs is that the Loch Ness monster is a species of the highly evolved plesiosaur that somehow escaped extinction! Whatever may be the belief, for sure, the Loch Ness monster's mystery remains submerged in the Scottish Highlands for many more years!
Perhaps, nothing, not even modern technology, would be able to track the Pictish beast! Maybe Nessie remains the best form in bedtime stories children hear every now and then! But what if the creature was real and co-existed on the planet? Sounds fun, though, but hopefully it isn't as harmful as its dinosaur ancestors! Well, what is your take on the mystical beast? Let us know what you think!