Does a plesiosaur survive to this day? There have long been stories of a mysterious prehistoric monster living in Loch Ness, a huge lake in Scotland. Scientific evidence that “Nessie,” as the monster is more familiarly known, exists has never been found, but many people believe they have seen it and a few claim to have photographed it. Could there be any truth in the rumors?
The famous photo was first published in an English newspaper in 1934. It was said to be the first photo of the Loch Ness monster, and it caused a great deal of excitement. However, in 1994 the monster was revealed as a fake, made from a toy submarine attached to a neck and head sculpted from wood filler.
WHY A PLESIOSAUR?
Pictures such as the surgeon’s photograph show a long-necked creature like a plesiosaur. They inspired theories that Loch Ness’s hidden depths might harbor creatures that survived from the age of the dinosaurs. But the water is probably too cold for giant reptiles, and Loch Ness was frozen solid during the last ice age.
FOSSILIZED PLESIOSAUR SKELETON
Plesiosaurs had long necks and small heads, just like images of the Loch Ness monster. But their necks were probably too weak to raise the head high above the surface.