Hundreds from across the globe traveled to the Scottish Highlands on the last weekend of August to join a search co-organized by the Loch Ness Centre and the volunteer research organization Loch Ness Exploration.
According to the Loch Ness Exploration Facebook page, the purpose of the gathering was to observe, study, and record the natural behavior of Loch Ness and the “root cause” of the strange reports about the Loch.
And while the gathering failed to capture any evidence of the existence of “Nessie,” it did reveal that worldwide fascination for the mythical monster remains high.
In a press release, Loch Ness Centre general manager Paul Nixon said the weekend gathering attracted monster hunters from all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.
According to a report from PBS, participants in the weekend search deployed thermal-imaging drones and used a hydrophone, which picks up underwater sounds.
The mass search was live-streamed on YouTube so people at home could also search for any signs of the monster from the webcams directed at Loch Ness.
Loch Ness Exploration’s Alan McKenna said in a statement that it isn’t surprising that the elusive monster wasn’t sighted during the weekend search. At the same time, McKenna said the volunteers had a lot of fun and proved that the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster lives on.
The earliest reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was recorded in a 6th-century biography of Irish priest St. Columba, who supposedly banished the monster to Loch Ness.
The iconic 1934 “photo” of the Loch Ness Monster was later shown to be a hoax after one of the hoaxsters, Chris Spurling, admitted on his deathbed that he participated in the ruse.
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