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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 from 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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Student Worksheet

The Loch Ness Monster

Interactive: 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    a 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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