The biggest hi-tech hunt in Loch-Ness is about to begin!



by LORENZO CIOTTI

The biggest hi-tech hunt in Loch-Ness is about to begin!

On the weekend of August 26 and 27, Scotland will have the largest high-tech hunt in Loch-Ness. For the occasion it seems that hundreds of determined enthusiasts will participate, who will look for the mysterious creature that, according to legend, would live in the depths of the Scottish lake.

Volunteers from all over the world will arrive in the locality in what will be the largest lake patrol ever carried out. It has been 90 years since Aldie Mackay, manager of the Drumnadrochit hotel near the lake, burst into the hotel bar to announce to astonished guests that she had just sighted a 'water beast' in Loch Ness.

Thus was born the myth of a monster present in the depths of the famous Highland lake and the legend is still alive today. Scientists and amateur enthusiasts have tried to find evidence of a large fish such as a sturgeon in the 230m deep lake, or even a marine reptile, but without success.

The initiative was organized by the renovated Loch Ness Centre, in collaboration with the voluntary research group Loch Ness Exploration. And the expedition will use equipment never before seen at Loch Ness, including drones to produce thermal images of the water using infrared cameras, as well as a hydrophone to detect beeps below the loch's surface.

Nessie is a legendary creature that would live in Loch Ness, a lake in Scotland. There is no proof of the existence of the so-called monster and some photos that would portray him have proven to be false or are not considered particularly significant from a scientific point of view.

All research attempts have given negative results but the notoriety and charm of the legend they are such as to attract about a million tourists every year. The legend has had a vast media resonance over the years, inspiring the creation of feature films, television documentaries, fiction, comics, video games and merchandising.

Some sightings, in which the silhouette was confused, would also have occurred on land starting from 1930: around that year, some college students from Drumnadrochit told their professor that they had seen a truly extraordinary and frightening animal in the marshes bordering the bay of Urquhart in any case, all the reports have proved to be unreliable or blatantly false.

The myth of the creature that would live in the lake was born and developed in the 1930s. Starting in 1933, following the opening of a new road that ran along the shores of the lake, sightings began such as that of George Spicer on 22 July and then another from Arthur Grant, a motorcyclist, the following month.

George Spicer told the Inverness Courier that he and his wife had seen a prehistoric-looking animal that would have crossed the road near the lake. On 22 September 1933 the Inverness Courier reported that a strange animal had been sighted by Mr and Mrs MacKay, owners of a hotel in Drumnadrochit, a town on the lake shore, who had seen two strange humps emerging from the water.

In November 1933 the first photograph was taken by Hugh Gray where we see a long sinuous body swimming on the surface making the water boil around. According to some it was actually Gray's own Labrador retriever swimming towards the camera with a cane in its mouth. Researcher Roland Watson argued that a shape similar to an eel's head is visible on the right side of the photo.