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Sightings this year  1....

Loch Ness is not just about its famous prehistoric resident, There are many interesting facts about Loch Ness.

1. The Loch is 22 miles long (36k), 1.7 miles (2.7k) wide at the widest point and over 260 meters deep. This means that the volume of water is greater than all the lake in the whole of England.

2. The Worlds population (7.3 billion people) can fit in Loch 15 times!!! But only 260 million people can stand on the surface.

3. The Loch is Pitch Black at the bottom due the lovely Scottish peat in the water

4. The first recorded sighting of the monster was in 565AD by no less than St Columba, who commanded the Monster to leave his man alone as he swam the Loch. St Columba  also made water into wine like Jesus, drew water from a rock like Moses, calmed a storm at sea, provided a miraculous draught of fishes, multiplied a herd of cattle, drove a demon out of a milk pail, and cured the sick.

5. To date there have been 1126 official sightings of the Monster.

6. Loch Ness has one island called Cherry Island that was created by humans in the Iron age.

7. The loch never freezes due to a thermocline effect, meaning as the water in the highest 100 metres cools, it will sink and be replaced by the warmer water from the depths. This can make the loch steam on very cold days.

8. Urquhart Castle was built in the 13th Century and was a key castle in the Scottish independence. It was destroyed to prevent the Jacobites using in.

9. Loch Ness was formed approximately 10,000 years ago, towards the end of the last Ice Age, when the Great Glen was filled by a huge glacier.

10. Part of the loch is 812ft deep. It has been named Nessie’s Lair.

11. The Loch Ness Monster's nickname "Nessie" means "pure".

12. Normal visibility under the water is no more than four inches. The dark colouring is caused by a high density of peat particles.

13. There are two layers of radioactive sediment beneath the waters of Loch Ness. The first was a result of the Chernobyl disaster. 

14. The Thatcher government seriously considered an official Loch Ness Monster hunt. There was even talk of using dolphins from America to help look for it.

15.  The largest search to date was in 1987, costing £1 million. The researchers used advanced sonar and camera technology to look for it. The only data gathered was three sonar contacts that showed a creature “larger than a shark but smaller than a whale”.

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