Loch Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 km (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 metres (52 ft) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for the rare sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".
Observer: A group of children near graveyard Date: 1879 Place: North shore Description: Observed strange creature coming down hillside to loch. Colour as an elephant, small head turning side to side on long neck. 'Waddled into water.'
Observer: Doreen Taylor Date: February 1934 Place: Foyers Description: Large creature with long neck and short body, its legs were very thick and it had webbed feet.
Ancient Legends In ancient Scotland, there were ancient peoples called Picts. One of the Picts legends described a terrible beast living in a nearby loch. They also carved a picture of the beast in stone. The beast carved in the rock looked like a smaller version of what Nessie believers think Nessie looks like.
The modern legend of Nessie begins in 1934 with Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London physician, who allegedly photographed a plesiosaur-like beast with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters.
Nessie . . . A Plesiosaur? Many sightings of the Loch Ness Monster descriptions have indicated that Nessie may be a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs lived in the age of the dinosaurs, it was a marine reptile that was supposed to have gone extinct when the dinosaurs had gone extinct. It ate fish and marine plants. Many people believe that Nessie is a plesiosaur, but still, there is no proof that the monster exists, so there is no proof that proves Nessie is a plesiosaur. Which leaves one question, what is Nessie?