There hides a huge monster in a lake. It is illusive; because there has been no full-body sighting of this creature. Only parts of it have been seen by people at different points of time. It stays underwater and nobody knows what it eats or how big it is. Ladies and gentleman —it is the Loch Ness monster, also known as Nessie.
These lines might well directly be from India TV! For those who don’t know, let me tell you, on a side note, that India TV is a news channel that is infamous for the practice of yellow journalism. I wish the channel was named sans “India”.
Anyway, coming back to the point, what the first paragraph describes is actually true. Loch Ness does exists in the northern Scottish highlands; and Nessie also exists inside it (at least as a figment of imagination). Today’s photograph is an example of a very popular hoax. The photograph was said to be taken by a London-based gynecologist Robert Wilson. It was first published in the Daily Mail on 21 April 1934. Even though Wilson gave the photo to the Daily Mail as his own; he refused to associate his name with the photograph. As a result the photograph became known simply as the Surgeon’s photograph.
The photograph shows a small head and neck of the “monster” emerging out of water surface. There are ripples in water around the object. Wilson said that he took five photographs of the scene out of which only two were clear enough to make out the object. The clearer photograph became popular and came to be known as Surgeon’s Photograph.
Eventually, in 1994, it became known that this monster in photograph was actually a toy submarine fitted with a sculpted head and neck of a sea serpent. The hoax was planned by an employee of Daily Mail who had earlier tried to deceive public by creating false footprints of Nessie. However, researchers from Natural History Museum foiled his attempt when they discovered that the footprints were man-made.
This revelation brought humiliation to the employee and he wanted to take revenge. So, he connived with a couple of more people and took photos of the sculpted toy in the Loch Ness. These photos were given to Robert Wilson whose job was to present them to media. In 1994, one of the persons involved in the planning of this hoax confessed the truth when he was on his death bed.
Surgeon’s Photograph might have proven to be a hoax but till date the mystery of Nessie has not been solved. There have been countless small and big endeavors for putting the mystery to rest forever but no one has been able to prove or disprove the existence of Nessie, the monster, in the vast waters of Loch Ness. There are other photos, videos and eye witness accounts which have not yet been proved true or untrue. Recently, using Apple’s satellite map app, someone focused on Loch Ness and found the following view!
Irrespective of whether Nessie really exists or not —the mystery of this illusive “monster remains spell-binding. And the world is still waiting for Nessie or truth of Nessie to come out of the Loch Ness.
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