In the dark waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness, the land where the national animal is a Unicorn (Yes A Unicorn!), a mysterious serpent-like monster has been repeatedly spotted, photographed, and filmed.
Still, the question persists. Is the Loch Ness Monster of the dinosaur age or a series of elaborate hoaxes?
Though usually referred to as ‘Nessie’, the monster has a Latin name, Nessiteras Rhombopteryx.
The most popular theory of the Loch Ness Monster is that it’s a kind of Plesiosauria- an aquatic group from the age of the dinosaurs. Underwater photos were taken of Nessie show what appear to be flippers. Plesiosauria had two sets of flippers that propelled then steered them through the water
Here’s one theory of how Nessie survived while all other dinosaurs became extinct. A few Plesiosauria survived for millions of years. After the last ice-age ended 12,000 years ago, the monsters migrated to fresh water lakes where they made their homes.
The most famous photo of Nessie was taken by Col. Roberts Kenneth Wilson and shows a long neck poking above the water. Nessie’s long flexible neck would be ideal in chasing down fleeing fish.
The first sighting of this monster can be dated back to the 6th Century when a monk claimed to witness it attacking a man and the first modern-day sighting was in 1933. Some believe she is a prehistoric whale, some believe that she is a Basilosaurus (a creature that is believed to have died around 18 million years ago) that migrated to the waters of The Loch Ness
Large fish called Sturgeons sometimes swim to the river Ness and enter Loch Ness in search of food. These fish may be 20 ft long and have a ridge of humps on their backs which could explain sightings of the Loch Ness monster.
Loch Ness is home to millions if European eels that grow up to 10 ft long. Some feel it is just an overgrown eel.
Well, what do you think the Loch Ness monster is?