Every kid in Britain grows up with the Loch Ness Monster as part of their cryptozoological cultural heritage, but could it just be a conspiracy to boost tourism in Scotland? Emma Ailes reports for BBC News:
It is 80 years since hotel manageress Mrs Aldie Mackay first reported seeing a “whale-like fish” in the waters of Loch Ness.
Now an academic at St Andrew’s University is trawling through 1,000 eye-witness accounts since to see what they can tell us.
He wryly notes more than a few hotel proprietors among typical spotters. So is “Nessie” just a conspiracy to boost tourism?
It was 14 April 1933 and Mrs Mackay, manageress of the Drumnadrochit Hotel, was driving with her husband along the road to Inverness.
As they drove, she glanced out across the still calm waters of Loch Ness towards Aldourie Castle. There, in the water, she saw something.
In a rare interview years later, she described the moment to marine biologist and founder of The Loch Ness Project, Adrian Shine.
“She said it was black, wet, with the water rolling off it,” he says.
“It went in a circle, round and down. She yelled at her husband “Stop! The beast!”
It is an interesting remark, Mr Shine says.
Mrs Mackay’s sighting was reported in the Inverness Courier on 2 May 1933 by Alex Campbell, the water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist…
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