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A new study of Loch Ness monster has started

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On the 80th anniversary of the first modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, a scientist is undertaking new research to uncover the truth behind the strange phenomenon.

Author: SXCWhile driving past the loch on 14 April 1933, Mrs Aldie Mackay, the manageress of the Drumnadrochit hotel, said she spotted a “whale-like fish” in the still, deep waters of Loch Ness in Scotland. Her experience was recorded in an interview with marine biologist and founder of The Loch Ness Project, Adrian Shine.

“She said it was black, wet, with the water rolling off it,” he says.

“It went in a circle, round and down. She yelled at her husband ‘Stop! The beast!'”

There were claims that as a hotel manageress, Mrs Mackay had a business to promote. But Shine denies this.

“She was far from a self-publicist. It was her husband who told the water bailiff, and she stayed anonymous in the newspaper report,” Shine told the BBC.

Dr Paxton, a research fellow at St Andrews University, will analyse all reported sightings for consistency or patterns that could be explained by natural phenomena.

There have been more than 1,000 recorded sightings of “Nessie”, an elusive serpent-like monster, and Dr Paxton has so far sifted through over 800 of these cases.

“I suppose it is possible that people have an agenda,” admits Dr Paxton, who will publish the results of his study later this year.

“But I stress that I believe the vast majority of people are reporting the truth. They believe they have seen something strange.

One of the most impressive sightings of Nessie was photographed by a British surgeon, Colonel Robert Wilson. The image of a snake-like head and body apparently swimming in the loch’s waters caused much excitement.

Disappointingly, it was later discovered to be a toy submarine attached to a sea-serpent’s head, IB Times reported.

On Sunday 14 April, the day of the 80th anniversary of the first modern sighting, a boat sailed on the waters of Loch Ness. On board were Dr Paxton, Mr Shine, a number of other monster hunters, Loch Ness experts, and Scottish tourism representatives. Unfortunately, Nessie, a shy and retiring creature, didn’t make an appearance.

According to Visit Scotland, Nessie tourism brings in more than £1million to the area per year.

But could a monster reside in the 230-metre depths of Scotland’s second longest loch?

In 1987, during Operation Deepscan, which used echo-sounding equipment in the depths of Loch Ness, BBC News reported that scientists had made sonar contact with a large, unidentified object of unusual size and strength at a depth of 600 feet (180 metres).

Darrell Lowrance, a sonar expert said: “There’s something here that we don’t understand, and there’s something here that’s larger than a fish, maybe some species that hasn’t been detected before. I don’t know.”

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