The Loch Ness Monster has been a staple in our culture, but did you know
that it is almost 1500 years old? The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was that of an Scottish Monk, hoping
to convert the people of the Highlands into Christians.
While travelling along the Loch the monk, St. Columbia was preach to
the people of the village in a boat. A man was swimming from shore to the boat when he was attacked by what we now know was
Nessie. St. Columbia saved the man, baptized and Christianed the monster, and converted the final few non- christians.
But the history of Nessie goes on even further.
For thousands of years, people of the Highlands have been carving pictures of everyday animals into huge boulders which lie
randomly across the land. However, near Loch Ness, there is a boulder with the carving of a creature with flippers, long neck,
tiny head, and appears to be swimming in water. What could it be? Other boulder's reveal everyday animals, such as deer and
birds, and it seems that the Scots carved hundreds of these pictures of common animals. So was this mysterious animal common
in the Loch?