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The Loch Ness Monster, Could They Be Dinosaurs?


                                   By Phillip O'Donnell


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    In 1923, Mr. Alfred Cruickshank  saw a terrifying beast cross-ing the road ahead of him on the shore of Loch Ness, Scotland. He said that it had elephant-like legs with webbed feet (does that remind you of any other lake monster?)  It had a long tail and a large head that was dog-like. The neck was short and the animal was low to the ground. Some people say that in the darkness he was not able to see it clearly - maybe or may not.

     This is the most famous mysterious creature reported to this day - the Loch Ness Monster. Most sightings seem to indicate that the creature has a long slender neck, small head, four flippers or webbed feet, and one to four humps. Some sightings like the one above do not fit the typical Loch Ness Monster. Most of the sightings on land say it had four legs while some water sightings say it had flippers. I think there could be a number of sea-going reptiles that inhabit the lake, such as Nothosaurus and Plesiosaurus that come in from the ocean (sea monster sightings?) through Inverness. Some researchers disagree, saying that the Loch Ness Monster is a supposedly extinct whale. However, that does not explain how the animal has a long neck and goes on land. Loch Ness is 24 1/2 miles long and is 900 feet deep in some places. The lake is located in Northern Scotland. Since 1933, (the year a road was made along the shore) there have been over 11,000 sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, also called Nessie.

     Mrs. Reid reported seeing a strange animal on a wooded slope, near the shore of Loch Ness in 1933. She said it looked like it had a mane or could have been entangled in plants. It seemed to be about 6 to 7 feet long with a large rounded head. It also had four short legs.


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Special Thanks to Natalie for this illustration.