The Loch Ness Monster
For years on end, we have been trying to look for hidden animals that we believe have or do live on earth just like us. that call cryptids. What really fascinate people is how long that have stay hidden from people and why want we found any of them. Not too long ago, the camera has been a useful tool and have gave us a way to capture or film a cryptid and since then every now and then, some luck people gets to film or take a picture of one. Out of all the cryptids in the world, the most popular of them are “Champ”, Bear Lake Monster, Manipogo, Ogopogo, and Bigfoot. But the granddaddy of them all is the Loch Ness Monster. This creature has been the focus of lots of conversations since about 1933. Ever since then, scientists and crypto zoologists have tried to find this creature, but it have stayed hidden, making people and myself ask the question: Do the Loch Ness Monster really exist? For us to try and answer this question, we must look at the legend of this creature, eyewitness accounts or expeditions for Nessie, hoaxes and the possibility of mistaken identity. First, we are going to view the legend of this creature. For over 1,000 years, a legend has brewed about a creature that is special to Scotland and especially to Loch Ness. The size and shape of this lake monster makes Loch Ness an idea place to go to just to see if you could go lucky and get a picture of the beast dubbed “Nessie”. Just about every crytid has a story or legend, and the loch ness monster is no difference than the rest. Around the first century of A.D., the romans came to make northern Scotland their home, they found out that the Highlands in Scotland was already token by a group of people that what tattooed up called Picts or “painted people”. The Picts were very fascinated by the animals that were around them and also drew some of them on large standing stones which can still be seen still to this day. Most of them you can make out-all but one of them. The one which I am talking about is a strange creature which has funny features like flippers for feet, a big spout, and giant muzzle, which pushed most scientist to believe that the creature could be a water elephant. ”In Scottish folklore, large animals have been associated with many bodies of water, from small streams to the largest lakes, often labeled Loch-na-Beistie on the old maps. These water-horses, or water kelpies, are said to have magical powers and malevolent intentions. According to one version of the legend, the water-horse lures small children into the water by offering them rides on its back. Once the children are aboard, their hands become stuck to the beast and they are dragged to a watery death, their livers washing ashore the following day” (Lyons, 1999). The over 1,000 year legend of Nessie was referenced in the biography of Saint Columba, who was known for bringing Christianity to Scotland in A.D. 565. As the legend states that Saint Columba was on foot going to visit the Pictish King when he was stopped along the shore of Loch Ness. While there, he came across the locals burying a man near the River Ness. They told him and his companions that the man that they are burying had been swimming in the river when he was attacked by an unknown water beast that had mauled him and dragged him under and killed him. They also told them that they tried to save the poor soul, but all they could do was drag up his dead body. Hearing about this account, he shocked the Picts by using the help of one of his follower named Luigne moccu Min, and had him to swim across the river to see if the beast really existed. The beast came after Luigne, but Saint Columba made a sign of the cross and commanded the beast to go no further. The beast stopped as if it was pulled back by ropes and fled in terror, and both Saint Columba’s men and the pagan Picts praised God for stopping the beast. Besides this account of the Loch Ness Monster, there has been dozens of sightings and plenty...
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