Anyone looking for bizarre creatures has no better place to look than the deep sea. Over the years, individuals have captured incredible footage of alien-looking animals and strange new species lurking in the deep. Recently, another such footage went viral, leaving netizens in a debate. While some wondered if it was a fish, others believed it was a Loch Ness Monster. Here are the details.
What Is A Loch Ness Monster?
The Loch Ness Monster, otherwise known as Nessie, is a creature in Scottish folklore, said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is often described as large, long-necked, with one or more humps protruding from the water. Popular interest and belief in the creature have varied since it was brought to worldwide attention in 1933 when a road near Loch Ness was completed and gave visitors an unobstructed view of the lake.
More About The Mystical Creature
According to reports, the first Loch Ness monster sighting was documented in a biography of St. Columbia, going back to 565 AD. It is said that St. Columbia came to the rescue of someone who was bitten by the monster by ordering the creature to "go back." Reportedly, the animal obeyed, but that was not the last time the Loch Ness Monster was allegedly spotted.
Another Alleged Encounter With The Creature
There were reports of other sightings in the decades and centuries that followed. However, the evidence of its existence remained anecdotal, with several disputed photographs. But in April 1933, a couple made the headlines after they claimed to have spotted a large animal, looking like a prehistoric monster or dragon, after it crossed their car's path and disappeared into the water.
Other Sightings Of The Loch Ness Monster
Besides St. Columbia and the couple's alleged encounters, there have been reports of other sightings of the monster. In 1933, a blurred photo of what seemed like a giant sea creature was published in the Daily Express. Nearly a century later, in 2001, another picture surfaced, showing James Gray and his friend Peter Levings fishing on the Loch.
The Conclusion Made From The Sightings
While many are certain that the Loch Ness Monster is real in Scotland, others are not. In 2019, after studying the Loch for 24 years, Nessie expert Steve Feltham said he believed the creature was a giant Wels Catfish, native to waters near the Baltic and Caspian seas in Europe.
Inside The Video That Caused The Uproar
A mysterious sea creature was spotted along the North Carolina coast, leading netizens to debate if the state's water body was home to a new aquatic monster. The clip containing the appearance of the scary-looking creature was captured by Chasin Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle in Atlantic Beach near the Bogue sand and shared on Facebook, asking followers what they thought the creature could be.
The Viral Clip's Content
In the video, recorded by Boat Captain Daniel Griffe, onlookers were amazed as the huge black unknown creature peeked out of the water, undulating near the surface as it swam away. The sight of the creature not only left witnesses amazed but also horrified. Some questioned if the animal was an alligator, a baby whale, or the Loch Ness monster.
Netizens React To The Clip
Shortly after the video hit Facebook, it garnered thousands of likes. In addition, netizens could not hold back as they trooped to the comments section to air their thoughts. One user described the clip as strange, adding that the creature had an odd-looking head. A second netizen was convinced it was a gator, pointing out the eyes on the top of its head.
More Facebook Users Share Their Thoughts
While some netizens believed the creature was an alligator, others noted it was a baby whale. One user said the baby whale was spotted under the port wall the previous afternoon. However, other users did not share the same sentiments, noting it was neither an alligator nor a baby whale. According to one person, the creature's motion was too graceful and had protrusions on its head and a long feather-like flipper in the rear.
Others Believe It Is A Nessie
With the debate becoming more serious, other users didn't fail to bring the Loch Ness Monster into the picture. Some users also chose to be sarcastic, with one noting that they saw two Loch Ness monsters the same day they saw Bigfoot walking a black panther on a leash. Another person advised people to watch more animal planet and less TikTok.
Another Similar Story
In recent years, Captain Daniel is not the first to see a strange creature in a North Carolina water body. Some years back, a 35-year-old man from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, allegedly spotted a dinosaur-like creature in a man-made lake. He reported his findings to CryptoZoology.com while choosing to remain anonymous.
Inside The Man's Story
Speaking to the website, the man explained that he was on a boat with his friends near Lake Norman's main channel when they spotted something splashing around in the water. According to him, the creature was ten feet long and reminded him of the mythical Loch Ness Monster.
No Proof Of Claims
Unfortunately, the man's claim remained unverified as no photographs of the creature were taken because it was only visible for approximately one minute before it went below the surface. However, there have been other claims of unexplained sightings in Lake Norman, which have gone viral.
More Sightings In Lake Norman
A man once claimed he was knocked off his boat after a huge force and saw a 15-foot Nessie-like sea monster swimming away. Meanwhile, in 2014, another man and his girlfriend allegedly spotted a 14-ft long creature from their jet ski. In the meantime, the world has to wait for researchers to produce evidence of Nessie's existence.