On this day in 1933 – The Loch Ness Monster goes viral

Loch Ness MonsterAlthough accounts of an aquatic beast living in the deep, cold waters of Loch Ness date back at least 1,500 years, the ‘legend of the Loch Ness Monster,’ as we know it today, was first reported in a Scottish newspaper on 2 May 1933 when local couple claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.”

The story of the ‘monster’ went viral – becoming big news all over the world. A circus even offered a £20,000 reward for her capture.

But wait, there’s more! Just last year, on 15th June 2011, a local couple believe they caught a glimpse of “Nessie” while taking an afternoon break on their store’s front deck which looks out on the loch. “We stand here all the time and look out and see boats and kayaks, but it didn’t look like anything we have seen here before.”

A curious fact: The vantage point is exactly the same as the one where the best video footage of the legendary creature was taken back in 1960.

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