Nessie - 8 Facts About Loch Ness' Most Elusive Resident

Fact or fiction, monster or myth: is there anything lurking beneath the waters of Loch Ness?

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Loch Ness in the north of Scotland holds more freshwater than all rivers and lakes in England and Wales put together, reaching insane depths of 800 feet in places. The estimated volume of the lake is 7.4 kilometres cubed - proportions that are hard to properly envisage and somewhat belied by how it looks on the surface.

Any who have driven the Loch-side from Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus will attest to the fact that while it is long, it never looks wide enough to merit these massive measurements at any point. Aside from water-skiers, wild swimmers and the ever-present tourists, there is another group of people who spend a lot of time on the banks and surface of the Loch.

These people are Nessie Hunters: men and women that dedicate time, resources and energy scouring the Loch for any signs of the elusive Loch Ness Monster, that has been sighted, photographed and filmed (allegedly) for generations.

But what are the origins of the Loch Ness Monster? If it does exist, what sort of form does it take? And what do the sceptics say? Here are eight facts about Nessie. You make your own mind up.

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Matthew is a Marine Engineer to trade who currently works offshore. In his spare time, he writes sub-standard Scottish crime fiction that can be found here:- Originally brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland, he lived in Edinburgh for 15 years but now stay in Dunbar with his partner, son and dog.