A. GRAGERA, LATIN STOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A. GRAGERA, LATIN STOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Loch Ness Monster. Illustration of the Loch Ness Monster cruising past a castle on a cliff at Loch Ness in Scotland. Sightings of the Monster have occurred since the 15th century but scientific evidence for its existence is lacking. Often the creature is said to resemble a plesiosaur (prehistoric reptile), with a long, elegant neck, small head and flippers. Sceptics have suggested that the sightings are of nothing more than unstable masses of drifting peat. However, the monster's alleged existence is worth 25 million pounds a year to the Scottish tourist industry, which may explain why the myth endures.
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