Loch Ness monster: myths and reality

The favorite character of the Scots is the kelpie, a dangerous creature that takes on different looks and entices people to the bottom of the lake. Kelpi can change not only the appearance, but also the size. Therefore, this mythological character is most often identified with a creature living in Lake Loch Ness. After all, no one knows for sure either his appearance or his length.
It is believed that the first time about the monster, which is similar to a hybrid of a camel and a horse, then to a mythological sea serpent, was mentioned by the ancient Romans. During the enslavement of the Celts in the territory where Scotland is now located, they discovered this creature and captured it in drawings.
Later, the meeting with Nessie, as they tenderly began to call the elusive inhabitant of the lake, was attributed to the missionary Columbus (not Christopher Columbus, as for some reason considered to be). Allegedly, this holy man met the beast when he converted the Picts. That's just not happening on Loch Ness,and on the river of the same name.
In 1932, a respectable local resident drowned in the lake, which served as a pretext for inflating rumors and conjectures. The Scottsman newspaper received a letter from a certain Rose, in which he gave exact dates of meetings with the monster in the XV, XVIII and XIX centuries. Here are just no documentary evidence of these facts was not presented. And the letter, most likely, was a harmless fiction of a bored Scot. Later, the married couple Mackay, resting on the lake, saw something strange and incomprehensible. Apparently, the couple were not prone to fantasies, but their story was heard by the inspector of fishery supervision, who published articles in newspapers at his leisure. It was he who caused the agiotage around the little-known lake.
In the next couple of years, talking about a monster was talked about quite often. There were photos, often substandard, sometimes fakes. But gradually the interest in the lake dweller subsided.
After about twenty years, the myth of the lake monster is once again becoming popular. There are new pictures of "Nessie", and in one of them, the most famous, three humps are visible above the surface of the water. Previously, only the head and long neck of an animal were captured, something like an elephant's trunk. The picture of the humps refuted the rumor of elephants bathing in the lake from a touring circus.
It was during these years that Nessie gained her ardent fan, Mrs. White. For a long time, Constancy White collected all the legends about the lake dweller, all the references to meeting with him and any documentary evidence. She later released a book about Nessie. Mrs. White easily refuted all the inconsistencies in the description of the monster, explaining that the eyewitnesses saw the animal during different periods of maturation. The book turned out to be exciting, though not proving anything.
Later, a young English aircraft engineer Tim Dinsdale joined the study of the legends about the Loch Ness monster. It is difficult to say that it was so suddenly spurred by Mr. Dinsdale to devote his life to such research, but he arranged expeditions to the lake more than fifty times, filmed a lake inhabitant on film. Studies of his film were conducted, which confirmed that there is an unidentified creature in the lake, towering over the water by one and a half meters. And only forty-five years later, new studies of the film disproved this claim, considering the moving object to follow from the motorboat.
Nowadays, amateur researchers are finding more and more evidence that Nessie exists by providing images of varying degrees of confidence. Unfortunately, no one has yet found material evidence. First, in spite of its deep water, in Loch Ness there is not enough food for such a large creature as Nessie is represented. Secondly, the remains of this creature have not yet been found. Even assuming that it appeared in the lake in 1933, from that time more than one generation of lake monsters had to change.
Legends remain, admirers of Nessie hope to meet with her. But, alas, the reality of their not happy.

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