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Nessie sketch among Scotland's 'Monster Files'

By T.K. Randall
April 26, 2022 · Comment icon 10 comments

What is this creature ? Image Credit: National Museums Scotland
A sketch of the Loch Ness Monster drawn in 1936 has been revealed as part of a cache of newly published files.
Stories of a mysterious creature in the depths of Scotland's enigmatic Loch Ness have been told for centuries and even to this day, sightings of the monster continue to be reported.

While records of most of the recent sightings are kept by the Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, a lot of historical sightings of the creature - those dating back several decades - have either been lost or are locked away in archives where it is almost impossible to access them.

Now though, a cache of previously confidential files dubbed Scotland's 'Monster Files' has been published for the first time by the National Museums of Scotland, revealing to the public a treasure trove of historical reports, articles and sketches.

One of the most interesting inclusions concerns a sighting of the monster in 1936 on the shores of Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit - a village which lies on the north-western side of the loch.
The witness - a man from Galloway - drew a sketch of what he had seen (see above).

"I was quite staggered when I first saw the sketch," Ian HJ Lyster of the Royal Scottish Museum department for natural history later wrote.

"My first reaction was that such a creature would explain a lot of the apparently odd descriptions of the Loch Ness Monster and also such photographs as the three humps taken by Lachlan Stuart in 1951."

"The odd fleshy lobes hanging from the head have also been variously described by witnesses."

Source: Inverness Courier | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Thanks for sharing UM-bot. Very interersting sketch. I think it's certainly not an plesiosaurus. But, what creature it is? Could be some unknown hybrid animal.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Davros of Skaro 2 years ago
They make some darn good Scotch Whiskey.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
look like a jumping Sturgeon...  
Comment icon #4 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 2 years ago
Whisky my friend, it's Scotland. Our Celtic cousins make whiskey.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
That drawing was the world's first attempt at art by connecting the numbered dots 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gumball 2 years ago
The sketch makes it look like there's two nessies and most definitely some kind of
Comment icon #7 Posted by ercbreeze 2 years ago
Now if they can only make cameras take photos as clear as this sketch!  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Marozi 2 years ago
It's actually not the first time this sketch (or at least a reproduction) hit the www.
Comment icon #9 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 2 years ago
Looks like floating driftwood with seaweed hanging down from its branches.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Dynamo X 2 years ago
I'm afraid this sketch has been on the web for years and years and was drawn of a creature allegedly on the shore of Loch Duich, which is a sea loch to the west of Loch Ness.  The famous Eilean Donan castle is situated at the sea entrance to this Loch.

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