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Loch Ness celebrates 80 years of Nessie

Posted on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Today is the 80th anniversary of the first modern sighting of Scotland's elusive Loch Ness Monster.

It has been 80 years since hotel manageress Aldie Mackay first witnessed what she described to be a 'whale-like fish' on April 14th, 1933. Since then the Scottish lake has become home to one of the world's best known cryptozoological mysteries, bringing in thousands of tourists every year. To celebrate the occasion, a group of monster buffs will take a boat out on to the loch and raise a glass of whiskey in tribute to the first sighting.

Among those celebrating will be Adrian Shine, leader of the Loch Ness Research Project. "Even without Nessie, Loch Ness is a place of great beauty and remarkable intrigue, but the first modern sighting by Mrs Mackay was a key date in history, not only for Loch Ness, but for Scotland as a whole," he said.

"One of the world’s greatest and most enduring mysteries will be celebrated on Sunday when a special boat trip marks the 80th anniversary of the first modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 15 April, 2013, 1:21
Will they be celebrating with a Plesiosaur roast? Better than chicken: four drumsticks!
Comment icon #10 Posted by flbrnt on 15 April, 2013, 1:44
You would need an entire breeding population of Nessies. Very hard to keep hidden.
Comment icon #11 Posted by snowfan1 on 15 April, 2013, 4:58
Happy Bd.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ashiene on 15 April, 2013, 9:48
80 years chasing an illusion is nothing. People have spent 10000 years believing the Earth was flat, or that it was the center of this Universe.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles on 15 April, 2013, 13:54
That's not really true you know?
Comment icon #14 Posted by BlueBomber on 15 April, 2013, 14:49
I so wanted Nessie to be real growing up, I thought it was such a cool and terrifying thing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Rafterman on 15 April, 2013, 15:24
Is there a T-Shirt?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Slave2Fate on 15 April, 2013, 16:42
I find it rather odd that people still use this image, an admitted hoax, as a depiction of Nessie. Surely there are better contenders for an appropriate image?
Comment icon #17 Posted by BlueBomber on 15 April, 2013, 17:09
That's the Nessie image, until a real one comes along, it should still be used as such.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 15 April, 2013, 20:29
sounds like fun wish i could be there.i hope these people do see the lock ness monster though:) in a good way of course they have fun and they get a show what else can one ask for a sighting and having fun right?

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