Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Adam. Adam Wonders, “Is the lochness monster real?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Adam!
Bear 2: You know, Gary, I'm not sure what it was. It definitely wasn't a bear. It had a face kind of like a human, but it was hairy all over kind of like an ape.
Bear 1: Did it attack you?
Bear 2: No, it stopped me to ask for directions. Said its name was Sasquatch. I commented on what big feet it had and it seemed kind of self-conscious about that.
Bear 1: Wow! No way! Where was it headed?
Bear 2: It wanted to know where the nearest lake was, so it could take a bath. Wanted to make sure it was secluded. Said it took a bath in a big lake over in Scotland over 80 years ago and caused a ruckus.
We couldn't believe what we were hearing. Sasquatch? A bath in a lake in Scotland over 80 years ago? Could we have simultaneously solved the mysteries of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster?
Unfortunately, Barry started laughing and told Gary he was just pulling his leg. We guess Bigfoot hadn't been spotted after all. But what about the Loch Ness Monster? Could Scotland be where Bigfoot hides? Maybe that's why no one can find him!
Is Scotland's Loch Ness ("loch" is the local word for "lake") home to a large, strange aquatic beast? People who live near Loch Ness have lived with legends of such a creature for over 1,500 years now.
Located in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness boasts the largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain. It stretches over 23 miles in length and reaches depths of almost 800 feet in places. Due to a high concentration of peat in the area, the water in Loch Ness is known for being quite murky. Who knows what could be hiding in its depths?
Standing stones around Loch Ness bear carvings from the Picts, ancient tribes of people who lived there over 1,500 years ago. Scholars have identified all of the animals depicted in the carvings except one: some sort of strange aquatic creature.
The 7th-century biography of Saint Columba, the Irish missionary who brought Christianity to Scotland, claims that Columba prayed to God to save the life of a man being attacked by a sea monster in Loch Ness in 565 A.D. As the story goes, the monster relented and the man was saved.
The modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster, nicknamed Nessie by enthusiasts, got its start on May 2, 1933, when a newspaper reported the claims of a local couple who saw "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface" of Loch Ness. From that point on, the Loch Ness Monster became the fascinating mythical sea creature it remains today.
But is it real? Hard evidence of any kind seems to be as rare as Nessie herself. Since 1933, the Loch Ness Monster has been the source of endless speculation and many scientific studies.
To date, Nessie enthusiasts claim that there have been over 4,000 eyewitness accounts of sightings of a strange aquatic creature. Some claim it looks like a large dragon with flippers, which has led many to believe Nessie is perhaps the last of a now-extinct species of dinosaur (such as a plesiosaur).
With so many eyewitness sightings, it seems odd that there are so few purported pictures of Nessie. The few famous photographs that have been thought at one time or another to be of Nessie have eventually proved to be hoaxes.
Multiple scientific teams have used underwater photography and advanced SONAR systems to scan Loch Ness. While no definitive proof of any kind has come from these investigations, each one has resulted in detection of large objects moving underwater that could not be explained.
So if Nessie isn't real, how can all of these eyewitness accounts and strange scientific findings be explained? Experts believe there may be a variety of explanations for these phenomena, including optical illusions created by wind or boat wakes, as well as floating logs and animals, such as ducks, otters, and swimming deer.