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The mystery of Loch Ness is one of the most popular legends of modern times. This location is one of the most visited tourist spots in Scotland. The colorful tale of a large creature existing in this deep, cold lake in northern Scotland is centuries old but became popular in the 1930's. Interest has peaked in modern times with expensive expeditions and constant surveillance to solve the mystery. The main support for the creature's existence is the thousands of eyewitness accounts. However, they are not consistent with the description of a single type of animal.
Explanations for the enigma of Loch Ness are numerous and varied. The most popular is that "Nessie" is a plesiosaur that, contrary to fossil evidence, would have had to survive the major extinction event 65 million years ago - an extremely unlikely situation. Many other animals have been proposed to be living in the Loch to account for the sightings - giant eels, sturgeons, primitive whales and seals. Also, certain ecological or geological conditions have been proposed to explain strange sightings. Most sightings could simply be misinterpretation of boat waves or floating debris. Several so-called authentic photos have been exposed as hoaxes. Other "evidence" from film has been too indistinct to be very useful. There have been some scientific investigations into the nature of the loch and it's inhabitants over the past several decades. But, even after all this inquiry and study, experts have yet to produce any solid evidence of a "monster" living in the loch.
- Sharon Hill (Scientist)
CSICOP Resources
Skeptical Inquirer Online Articles

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Skeptical Briefs Online Articles
Nessie Hoax Redux -- II
Nessie Hoax Redux
Skeptiseum Online Exhibits
Other Online Resources
Academy of Applied Sciences: Research at Loch Ness
MIT Spectrum: Into the Unknown – Unraveling the Mystery of Loch Ness
Omni Magazine: The Antimatter Archives
The Guardian Unlimited (UK): Is Nessie Dead?
NESS Encyclopedia: Loch Ness Monster
The Skeptic Report: Monsters
Skeptic's Dictionary: Loch Ness Monster
Skeptic Bibliography: Cryptozoology
Ben Roesch: Taking a Hard Look at Cryptozoology
Cryptozoology.com: Cryptozoology
International Society of Cryptozoology: Cryptozoology
British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club: Cryptozoology
Museum of Hoaxes: The Gloucester Sea Serpent
Museum of Hoaxes: Koch's Sea Serpent
The Straight Dope: What's the verdict on the Loch Ness monster?
Tampa Bay Skeptics: Snippets
Annapolis Valley Skeptics: The Mystery of Loch Ness Solved?
All Things Cryptozoological: Links
The Cryptozoologist: Cryptozoology
Glen Kuban Web Site: "Sea Monster or Shark?"
Globsters: St. Augustines Giant Octopus
UnMuseum: Loch Ness Monster
Scotland Online: Loch Ness Live
Castle of Spirits: Loch Ness Monster
NessScape: The Legend of Nessie
Loch Ness Guide: Nessie, Fact or Fiction
University of Edinburgh: Loch Ness Monster
NOVA online: The Beast of Loch Ness
Live Web Cam: Loch Ness
Strange Magazine: Nessie
Loch-Ness.org: Loch Ness and Loch Ness Monster Information Site
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Loch Ness
Official Loch Ness Exhibition Centre: Loch Ness
Discovery Channel: News Brief - Loch Ness Mystery Solved
Scotland Calling: Loch Ness Monster, the Scottish Legend
Pro-Paranormal Online Resources
Strange Magazine:Rogue Nessie
OtherPlane:Loch Ness Monsters
Nessie on the Net:Live Web Cam
Paranormal Research Primer:Loch Ness Monster

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