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The loch Ness monster, affectionately known a Nessie is a plesiosaur like creature living in Loch Ness, a long, deep loch near Inverness in Scotland
Many sightings of Nessie have been recorded, going back at least as far as St. Columba, the Irish monk who converted most of Scotland to Christianity in the 6th century
The first tales of something living in the loch came from residents living near the loch who would tell their children tales of the kelpie to keep them away from the dangerous waters of the loch.
The kelpie was a fearsome creature who lived in the loch, but when hungry it would transform itself into a beautiful horse and wait for an unlucky traveller to climb on it's back. It would then gallop straight back into the loch to feed on it's unfortunate victim
The monster of Loch Ness was the stuff of myth and legend until 1934 when Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London physician, photographed a plesiosaur-like beast with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters


Loch Ness
There is more water in Loch Ness than in all the other Lakes in Scotland, England and Wales put together making it the largest body of water in Britain
Loch Ness is about two and a half miles long and about one and a half miles long with a depth of 754 feet
Loch Ness never freezes. This is because of the huge amount of water in the loch. The temperature on the top one hundred feet varies depending on the weather conditions, but below this the temerature never alters from 44F. So in winter as the surface water gets close to freezing point, it sinks and is replaced by warmer water from below. This causes the loch to steam on very cold days!
During heavy rainfall the water level of Loch ness has beeen known to rise by about seven feet although rises of two feet are more common