Nessie, or more often called “The Loch Ness Monster” in the states, is perhaps the most well-known Scottish myth around the world. Whether you grew up on one of the Scottish Highlands or you live somewhere else in the world, you have likely heard tales of this elusive creature. Though there have been a variety of theories about what Nessie might be or what extinct creatures may have led to tales of this creature, a recent photograph is starting to convince many that the legendary monster of the Loch Ness may actually be real.
Captured by a warehouse worker in Scotland, Ian Bremner was a bit beside himself when he took this picture. Apparently, Mr. Bremner, 58, has been a skeptic about the existence of Nessie and was out hunting for red deer when he stumbled upon this sight. According to The Scotsman, Bremner explained that, “This is the first time I’ve ever seen Nessie in the loch. It would be amazing if I was the first one to find her.” Unlike most alleged photos of creatures like this, being captured by a non-believer can be a huge validating factor. This guy wasn’t out hunting for Nessie, which means his own bias is less likely to rear its ugly head.
If you grew up referring to Nessie as the Loch Ness Monster, you may not realize it, but Loch Ness is actually a body of water in Scotland. The term “loch” is used to describe a lake or sea inlet, and in the case of Loch Ness, this body of water spans 23 miles and is connected to Loch Oich by a river to the south. Since the water has such a high content of peat, there is very little visibility, which is perhaps why a legend like Nessie could survive for so long without being discovered.
Of course, skeptics of this photo are coming up with their own theories. Perhaps this is just a picture of multiple seals. Or, maybe it is some other form of indigenous sea creature that was just spotted swimming as a group. Either of these might make sense, but not in the Loch Ness. For starters, you won’t find a group of seals anywhere near this loch, so unless the photo was taken elsewhere (which is possible), that couldn’t be the case. Similarly, there aren’t really any local sea creatures that would look like this swimming as a group. Yes, there are sturgeon, lamprey, eel, salmon, trout, and a variety of other native species, but none look quite this large or would travel in such an organized fashion. After all, if it was a school of fish, why would they be travelling in a single file line?
Perhaps it is not really Nessie, but one thing is for sure: this photo makes one pause and wonder. We already know that there are so many undiscovered creatures of the deep. Perhaps this myth has more truth than people are willing to admit.