Loch Ness Lake


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Description of Loch Ness Lake

Loch Ness is a deep narrow freshwater lake in the highlands of Scotland in United Kingdom. This long and narrow body of water is most famous for a legendary monster that is said to live in these murky waters.  At a length of 22 miles, and one and a half miles wide lake Loch Ness reached a depth of 754 feet. It holds over 16 million gallons of water that is murky and fairy cold. However unlike other lakes in the country, Loch Ness never freezes leaving the surface mostly open. It is fed by rivers Coiltie, Farigaig, Foyers, Moriston, Oich and Tarff. During rainy season the lake can rise by up to seven feet so if you feel like camping on the banks of this beautiful Scottish lake keep this in mind.


Loch Ness is the second largest in Scotland with an area of ​​56 km², just behind Lake Lomond , but due to its great average depth it is the largest in all of the British Isles. Its lowest point reaches up to 230 m deep, making it the second deepest in Scotland after Loch Morar . Thanks to this, it contains more fresh water than all the lakes of England and Wales together. It is also the largest body of water in the set of Scottish valleys known as Great Glen , which ranges from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.


It is the largest body of water of the geological fault known as Great Glen that runs from Inverness in the north to Fort Augustus to the south. The Caledonia Canal , which links the sea at both ends of the Great Glen, uses Loch Ness as part of its route.

This lake is part of the series of lakes in Scotland that were formed by glaciers during previous glaciations . Its waters have an exceptionally low visibility due to the high content of peat from nearby soils.

It is the second largest lake in Scotland by surface area with around 56.4 km 2 , but due to its great depth it is the largest. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes of England and Wales together.

It also functions as the lowest of the reservoirs of the hydroelectric storage-pumping plan, the first of its kind in Britain . The turbines were originally used to supply power to a nearby mill, but electricity is now generated and supplied to the national grid.

In its most southwestern part, near Fort Augustus, you can see the only island in the lake. The Cherry Island is an example of crannóg (usually artificial islands dating from the Iron Age ).

Obviously anyone who comes here hold secret or open hopes of seeing the infamous monster of lake, more commonly known as Nessie, Niseag and Nessiteras rhombopteryx. First reference of the serpent or prehistoric monster whatever it might be date back to the early fourth or late third century AD. The creatures is mentioned in the description of the burial practices of the local tribes by the Roman historian. It is said that the poor fisherman died from a heart attack than a head of a huge animal appeared near his boat. A more famous sighting date back to the 565 than Saint Columba sailed across the lake on his way to Brude, king of Picts, and saw a monster in the lake. He crossed the serpent and it fled. The legend also tells that this impressed the Picts so much that many joined Christianity along with their king.

Many believe that Nessie is actually a prehistoric plesiosaurus that once lived in many parts of the World oceans. A small population might have been trapped inside a Loch Ness where they found a new home.




The first modern description happened in 1868 . An article published that year in the Inverness Courier is the first to refer to rumors about the existence of a "huge fish or other creature" in the depths of the waters.
In 1930 , the Northern Chronicle published a story entitled "A strange experience at Loch Ness" in which he told the story of two fishermen who said they had seen an animal that produced a large whirlpool near Tore Point.
In 1932 , K. MacDonald claimed that he had seen a creature similar to a crocodile going up Loch Ness.
The definitive article on the hypothesis of the Loch Ness monster was the sighting that would have taken place on May 2 , 1933 . The Inverness Courier newspaper published the news of a local couple who said they saw "a huge animal rolling and sinking on the surface." The "monster" report (title chosen by the editor of the Courier ) became a sensation among the media. London publishers began sending reporters to Scotland, and even a circus offered a reward of £ 20,000 for the capture of the monster.
Later that year, AH Palmer, who testified a sighting of Nessie on November of August of 1933 , at 7:00 am, described the creature as having its head -to which he considered as being of forehead to the Water level. His mouth, which was between 30 and 45 centimeters wide (twelve and eighteen inches), opened and closed; the maximum opening of his mouth was estimated at about six inches (15 centimeters). Until now, newspapers simply talked about a mysterious or strange creature, and did not refer to the creature as a prehistoric being. Being described for the first time as a prehistoric monster, by a couple of tourists (the Spicers), shortly after the premiere of the world famous movieKing Kong , who in those years immersed the public in a real "monstrosity" throughout the world.
The modern concern for the creature, already known as a prehistoric monster of Loch Ness, was aroused by the photograph allegedly taken by surgeon R. K. Wilson on April 19 , 1934 , which seemed to show a huge long-necked creature that peeked out in water (below left). Decades later, on December of March of 1994 , the son of Marmaduke Wetherell said this had falsified the photograph after being employed by the newspaper Daily Mailto find Nessie; also indicating that Wilson would not have taken the photo, and that his name was used only to give more credibility to it. However, despite the confession, this photo had already been disseminated throughout the world as "absolute evidence"; which definitely placed in popular culture, the legend of the Loch Ness monster from Scotland.


Truth or fiction, Loch Ness still draws curious onlookers for a chance to see a monster. There seems no shortage of new films, videos and witness testimonies of this elusive creature.