Columba, the Irish abbot and missionary, had what many consider to be the first recorded encounter with The Loch Ness monster on August 22, 565 AD.
The Loch Ness monster was sent packing that day by Columba putting the cross on his head, but legends and encounters continue throughout the centuries.
Nessie's latest report is based on a work in the Sahara Desert, which is a long journey from Scotland.
'It's Plausible,' says the author.
Researchers from the Universities of Bath and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, and Universite Hassan II in Morocco, discovered fossils of a small plesiosaurs, an extinct, long-necked reptile that existed in what was once a river system 100 million years ago.
Many Loch Ness monster aficionados believed that the Nessie may be a prehistoric animal.
The findings, which were published in the journal Cretaceous Research, suggest that the plesiosaurs were able to adapt to freshwater, possibly even spending their days there, much like today's river dolphins.
What does this say about the Loch Ness monster legend?
"On one level, it's plausible," the University of Bath said in a July 26 press release.
The fossil record also shows that after almost a hundred and fifty million years, "the last plesiosaurs finally died out at the same time as the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago."
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Despite the latest story, one individual claimed that it was a hoax. All original hoaxers have admitted it and even demonstrated how they executed their hoaxes.
"We can break atoms and photograph the beginning of the universe, but a big fish creature in a lake is a nerd," another person said.
Even a commenter claiming to be Nessie herself plunged into the depths of the lake.
One might argue that the loch is 7 billion cubic meters in size and is large enough to engulf the whole human population, so it shouldnt be too difficult for a monster to submerge itself.
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The Loch Ness monster is explained in a whole webpage owned by VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourist board.
'Snap a Nessie Selfie,' says the author.
The Loch Ness Monster lurking in the dark expanse of Loch Ness in the Highlands isn't just a legend, according to the webpage. "Nessie does exist, and there are over 1,000 eye witness accounts and much unknown evidence, leaving scientists baffled."
"Or how else are you going to snap a Nessie selfie?" says the website.
1,141 Nessie sightings have been recorded by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, which includes a live webcam of the loch for armchair adventurers, a history of Nessie hunts, a section on scientific evidence, and a list of fakes, jokes, and lies.
Gary Campbell, the guy who maintains the register, stated in an interview with GoBankingRates that Nessie does not get a mention anywhere in the world for less than ten days every year.
Campbell estimated that Nessie boosts the Scottish economy by nearly $54 million every year, using VisitScotland's data.
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Exactly why is there so much interest in this mythical creature? Analysts suspect there is a desire to escape the routine.
"On one level, the concept of the Loch Ness Monster appeals to the residual child in all of us," said David Schmid, associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. "The part that never grew up, the part that still believes--or wishes to believe--in the existence of fairies, dragons, and monsters under the bed is a major component of the success of 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Game of Thrones."
"The adult part of us that is all grown up is still attracted to the notion of Nessie and other mythical monsters," Schmid said on another level.
"Because we need to believe that life isn't what meets the eye, that there's more to life than the mundane reality of the 9 to 5 grind, that the world is still filled with the wonder of the unknown, that it's still capable of surprising us," he replied.
"We know this opinion isn't rational," he said, "but that's the point," saying that believing in the imaginary allows our imagination to thrive, and this isn't a bad thing.
'There's Still a Mystery,' says the author.
The Loch Ness monster and other myths, according to Robert Thompson, show that "somehow in this day of science and CAT scans and the ability to look into things and test their DNA there may still be something out there that's still a mystery."
"I guess Nessie, the Abominable Snowman, and others are these little bits of hope that we have not completely conquered the understanding of Planet Earth," said the author.
Thompson noted that this is pretty standard human behavior, and that "we don't have to stop talking about the Loch Ness Monster or the Yeti or whatever to see a great many people making an awful lot of effort to deny reality." Just turn on CNN.
"I don't think people feel that the Loch Ness monster will devour them," he said. "I don't think people see this as a threat like we've seen in movies like 'Jurassic Park,' which makes it a much more interesting and compelling story to follow than all the actual threats from melting icebergs to monkeypox."