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Hoaxed photo of the Loch Ness monster from 21 April 1934.  Source: Author disputed, but was originally published under the claimed authorship of Robert Kenneth Wilson. Image from Daily Mail.

Hoaxed photo of the Loch Ness monster from 21 April 1934.
Source: Published under the claimed authorship of Robert Kenneth Wilson. Image from Daily Mail.

The Loch Ness Monster is a legendary beast that supposedly lives in the Loch Ness in Scotland.

The Loch Ness Monster (or “Nessie”) was first reported to have been seen in the 6th Century, and was seen, photographed, and video-taped many times, but how much of this “evidence” is true? Probably not most of it. In 1934, a surgeon named Robert Wilson supposedly photographed the beast, but refused to associate his name with the photo. It was from then on known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph”. This photo is the most iconic of them all for the Loch Ness Monster, but most people agree nowadays that it was an elaborate hoax. This dismisses the largest chunk of “evidence”, making it harder to believe that there is a monster in the Loch Ness. There have been many more photos, videos, and sightings of the beast, but there is much suspicion that they are just hoaxes, however it is not known for sure yet.

My brother is fascinated with legends, including this one, and he and I have tried to come up with an explanation as to whether this legend is true or false. He thinks it is true, but I have my doubts. There has been much speculation of what the Loch Ness Monster is, some even saying that it is a plesiosaur, a species thought to have been long extinct.

We can only guess whether this famous legend is true or not, based on the evidence we have. Perhaps we will never know. What do you think about it? Is it a marvelous truth, or a terrible hoax?

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