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Scotland is home to one of the world's most famous cryptids. Although the first reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster wasn't until 1933, there was a report in 1871 of something moving through the water slowly, then moving off at a high speed. Loch Ness is the largest freshwater body of water in Scotland. It is more than twenty miles long, and up to a thousand feet in depth, although it is narrow; no more than a mile and a half at its widest point. Formed during the last Ice Age, about ten thousand years ago, its waters were originally salty sea waters, which turned fresh over time. It is believed that perhaps the animals that had washed in from the North Atlantic had adapted to the new environment. Sightings of Nessie began to be reported in 1933, when a couple reported seeing an enormous sea creature "rolling and plunging" in the waters of the loch. The resulting newspaper account referred to the creature as a "monster" and the Loch Ness Monster was born. Within the next few months, there were twenty more sightings, and reports were appearing in most of the Scottish newspapers. After the newspaper articles began coming out, others came forward to report sightings going back to the mid-1800s, which they had not previous reported. Unlike some other cryptids, most descriptions of Nessie are basically the same, although the size changes, which may indicate that there are more than one of the creatures, and perhaps a breeding population. In 1937, there were some sightings that claimed to have seen more than one of the creatures at the same time. Separate from the sightings, there have been several photographs and sonar trackings of the Loch Ness Monster. As might be expected, some of them have been demonstrated to have been hoaxed, but others could not be so easily dismissed. In the 1970s, some underwater photos which, although they were not perfectly clear, one showed the upper torso, neck and head of a living creature, and a horselike face.



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