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Grab your binoculars and night vision goggles; it’s time to finally find Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster!
The Loch Ness Center has announced its plans to launch its biggest search in over 50 years, and volunteers are needed.
Not since 1972 has a study this large taken place. Back then, the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau tried to find the ‘monster,’ affectionately known as Nessie, and today it is research team Loch Ness Exploration and the Center teaming up.
The legend of Nessie dates back to the Middle Ages when Irish Monk St Columba is thought to have encountered a creature in the Ness. Since then, myth and folklore around the loch have grown and grown.
According to Scottish folklore, Loch Ness is home to a dinosaur-like creature with a long neck and small head. Prior attempts to find Nessie have yet to produce concrete evidence.
There have, however, been several reported sightings from locals. Back in 1933, the Inverness Courier newspaper reported of hotel manageress Aldie Mackay’s sighting of a whale-like creature, describing it as a monster.
The search will take place between Aug. 26-27, and a calling cry for volunteers has been sent out.
“Over the weekend, surveying equipment that has never been used on Loch Ness before will be enlisted to uncover the secrets of the mysterious waters. This includes thermal drones to produce thermal images of the water from the air using infrared cameras, as observing heat from above could provide a crucial component for identifying any mysterious anomalies,” stated the Loch Ness Centre in a press release.
Volunteers will be asked to keep an eagle eye on the surface of the water and report any disturbances or “inexplicable movements.”
If volunteering isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to witness this historical event, you can climb aboard one of four cruises. Passengers will have the opportunity to use a 60-foot hydrophone to listen for any noises in the loch.
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