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Abominable Science!Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids$
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Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.001.0001

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The Loch Ness Monster

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Abominable Science!

Daniel Loxton

Donald R. Prothero

Columbia University Press

This chapter studies the mystery of the Loch Ness monster. Loch Ness, the UK's largest body of freshwater, is a long, deep lake that lies in a geological fault line called the Great Glen. The first modern Loch Ness monster case appeared in a small news story from 1930, featuring “three young anglers” who had a strange experience while fishing for trout on Loch Ness. Another sighting was that of Aldie and John Mackay in 1933. When small-town reporter Alex Campbell heard that the Mackays had spotted something in the water while driving along the shore of Loch Ness, he wrote a sensationalized story about it for the Inverness Courier, which ran it under the headline “Strange Spectacle on Loch Ness: What Was It?”

Keywords:   Loch Ness monster, Loch Ness, Great Glen, Scottish folklore, kelpies, water-bulls, water-horses, Alex Campbell, Inverness Courier

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