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The Loch Ness Monster - behind the myth

         DOES THE LOCH NESS MONSTER REALLY EXIST ? . No one knows for certain. But one thing is certain: there cannot be just ONE monster. lf there is one monster, there must be a whole family of them....at least twenty. No creature could have survived alone for over 7000 years!  ..
Photomontage - the monster at the visitor centre with Loch Ness in the background

A VERY OLD STORY 

The first written story of the monster is in a text written in the year 565 AD by a Celtic biographer: this writer describes how a man was attacked by a monster while he was swimming in the river Ness. Perhaps the legend already existed in those days: it has certainly existed for many centuries in Scottish folklore.
    However, the story of the monster was not very well-known in England for one simple reason: Loch Ness is a very long way from the rest of Britain. Until the age of the railway, very few people ever went to the Highlands of Scotland....except soldiers or officials from the cities of the Scottish Lowlands. No-one else had any reason to go there: the North of Scotland was wild and desolate, wet and generally cold, and inhabited more by sheep than by people.
   The myth became big news in 1930; three men, out in a boat on the lake, said that they had seen a monster. Immediately, several other people said that they had seen one too. In 1933, a man took the first "photo" of the monster, from a distance of about 100 metres. The photo was not clear, but Kodak said that the photo was real. The most famous photo of all was taken in 1934 by a London surgeon; it seems to show a long neck and a small head sticking up out of the water. "Nessie" - if the photo is real - looks something like a dinosaur.
    A lot of other photos have been taken since then, but none of them have been clear. Obviously, if there is a monster, it is a shy one! It doesn't often come to the surface, and it never does so near the shore on a sunny afternoon in summer!
   If it had done so, lots of people would have taken photos of it, and there would be no more mystery. Until now it has tried to avoid publicity.... if it exists!
    In 1987, some people used sonar equipment to try to discover Nessie.... but they found.... nothing. So no-one has proved that the Loch Ness monster exists; but no-one can prove that it does not exist. It's a great story.


Word guide
WORD GUIDE
biographer: writer - legend : myth, old story - folklore : popular traditional stories - desolate: empty - inhabited: lived in - surgeon: a specialist doctor - shy : timid.




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The Loch Ness Monster

Fill in the missing prepositions in this extract from the article

Replace the missing prepositions in this extract from the text:
You will need SEVEN of the following eight prepositions: at, by, for, in, of, on, out, up,
    However, the story  ___  the monster was not very well-known  ____ England  ____ one simple reason: Loch Ness is a very long way  ____  the rest  ____ Britain. Until the age  ____ the railway, very few people ever went  ____  the Highlands  ____ Scotland....except soldiers or officials  ____  the cities  ____ the Scottish Lowlands. No-one else had any reason  ____  go there: the North  ____ Scotland was wild and desolate, wet and generally cold, and inhabited more  ____  sheep than  ____  people.
   The myth became big news  ____ 1930; three men, out  ____ a boat ___ the lake, said that they had seen a monster. Immediately, several other people said that they had seen one too.  ____ 1933, a man took the first "photo"  ____ the monster,  ____  a distance  ____ about 100 metres. The photo was not clear, but Kodak said that the photo was real. The most famous photo  ____ all was taken  ____ 1934  ____  London surgeon; it seems  ____  show a long neck and a small head sticking ___  ____  ____ the water. "Nessie" - if the photo is real - looks something like a dinosaur.

 
 

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