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Monsters Revealed: The Legend Of The Loch Ness Monster

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The Loch Ness Monster is a creature that has caught the attention of hundreds if not thousands of people across the globe, and it lives in one of the worlds most mysterious places. In the Scottish Highlands lies a lake where a famous monster is said to have lived for hundreds of years. The Loch Ness Monster is not a creature that can simply be proved a hoax as there is so much historic and scientific evidence that backs up the beast’s existence. The Loch Ness Monster is still, after a hundred years, one of the worlds greatest mysteries; the supposed appearance, sightings, and the history of the beast have kept the world in awe for almost a century.
The Loch Ness Monster has been spotted by hundreds of different people, but the description of the monster is similar in almost all the sightings. Alex Campbell, a water bailiff from Fort Augustus, described the creature as a huge serpentine creature about forty feet long, with a six foot neck, and a snake-like head. Arthur Grant was taking a ride on his motorcycle in 1934 near Loch Ness when he came upon a horrifying beast. What he described was a large creature crossing the road with a long neck, small head, thick body, tapering tail, and flippers like a manatee. In 1960, probably the most famous video of the Loch Ness Monster was recorded. Tim Dinsdale filmed the creature swimming across the Loch; what he recorded was a long creature with a large hump bolting across the Loch (Parkinson). Even though the beast of Loch Ness Monster’s appearance is astounding and unbelievable, one has no idea on what lurks below the murky waters of Loch Ness.

The Loch Ness Monster has only been famous for about a century, but there is history that proves that the beast has been around for much longer. One of the earliest recordings of the Loch Ness Monster is the Biography of Saint Columba. Saint Columba was an Irish missionary credited with spreading Christianity to Scotland (Lyons). One day while Saint Columba was spreading the gospel around the River Ness, he came upon a group of Picts burying a fallen comrade. When Columba asked the men what had happened, they informed him that the man had been killed by a large beast in the river. Columba asked one of his followers to swim across the river and retrieve a boat and when he obliged the beast tried once again to make a meal of a man. When Columba saw the beast he raised his hand and called on God and told the beast to “Go back with all speed”. The beast then fled the scene and the man was saved. The Picts that had witnessed the event all gave glory to God ("St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster."). The Picts were a group of Scottish natives who lived in the Loch Ness area in the early medieval age. They made many large carved stones with drawing of creatures all over them. The stones depicted creatures who lived in the area and most of the creatures have been identified, except one. One drawing depicts a creature with a long neck and flippers, perhaps even more...

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