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The Loch Ness Monster Is Missing
Growing concern that Loch Ness monster is 'missing' after no sightings in eight months (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 628)
May 2, 2017 History
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Have you seen the Loch Ness Monster? Nessie was last spotted in August last year but 2017 has failed to yield any sightings of the mysterious creature. Monster fanatics who dedicate themselves to studying evidence new and old are used to getting a regular flow of photos, video, and verbal accounts of Nessie sightings at least every couple of months, but the flow of info abruptly dried up in August of last year. It's a remarkably long stretch of time for no sightings of the elusive creature to have been reported, and Nessie fans are actually starting to get worried.

Historically speaking, the number of people who claim to have seen the Loch Ness Monster is extremely high. Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was born when a sighting made local news on this day, May 2, in 1933, exactly 84 years ago. The newspaper Inverness Courier told the story of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface. " The story of the "monster" (a name chosen by the Courier editor) became a media sensation, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound reward for the capture of the beast.

Loch Ness, located in the Scottish Highlands, has the largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain; the body of water reaches a depth of nearly 800 feet and a length of about 23 miles. Scholars of the Loch Ness Monster find a dozen references to "Nessie" in Scottish history, dating back to around A.D. 500, when local Picts carved a strange aquatic creature into standing stones near Loch Ness. The earliest written reference to a monster in Loch Ness is a 7th-century biography of Saint Columba, the Irish missionary who introduced Christianity to Scotland. In 565, according to the biographer, Columba was on his way to visit the king of the northern Picts near Inverness when he stopped at Loch Ness to confront a beast that had been killing people in the lake. Seeing a large beast about to attack another man, Columba intervened, invoking the name of God and commanding the creature to "go back with all speed." The monster retreated and never killed another man.

In 1933, a new road was completed along Loch Ness' shore, giving drivers a clear view of the loch. After an April 1933 sighting was reported in the local paper on May 2, interest steadily grew. Scores of tourists descended on Loch Ness and sat in boats or decks chairs waiting for an appearance by the beast.

A famous 1934 photograph seemed to show a dinosaur-like creature with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters, leading some to speculate that "Nessie" was a solitary survivor of the long-extinct plesiosaurs. More likely, others suggested, it was an archeocyte, a primitive whale with a serpentine neck that is thought to have been extinct for 18 million years. Skeptics argued that what people were seeing in Loch Ness were "seiches" - disturbances on the water surface caused by the inflow of cold river water into the slightly warmer loch.

"We're quite worried that there has been an eight-month gap since the last signing," Gary Campbell, who maintains the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Registrar, said. "This is especially so when you consider that pretty much everyone will have access to a camera phone to take video and pictures, so we would have expected at least something in that time period."

The Loch Ness Monster was lost spotted near Drumnadrochit last year by Ian Campbell who said he spotted two creatures measuring around 10 metres in length.

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