The Loch Ness Monster – Fact or Fiction

By Marion Wijnberg

In Northern Scotland, there’s an area known as the Scottish Highlands in which lays a famous urban myth. The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie, as it is more commonly referred to by some, is believed to dwell in the lake, Loch Ness.

The Romans arrived in the area around the first century A.D. At the time that area had been occupied by a tribe they called the Picts or painted people because it’s been said they were covered in tattoos. Tribes of old are known to have carved images on rocks and in caves some of which are still found in the area around Loch Ness and the Picts were no different with their drawings of animals, some very realistic and identifiable. However, there’s one that stands out as completely different from their other drawings. It’s an image of a weird looking creature that has a very long neck and a small head. It also has feet formed like flippers, an unusual beast to say the least. This is the earliest known evidence described by some scholars as a swimming elephant that has gripped the curiosity of mysterious legends in the Scottish Highlands for at least 1,500 years.