The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was chronicled in the year 565 in the book Life of St. Columba.
Since then there have been hundreds of other sightings and an untold number of attempts to explain them.
One of the most famous investigations was 1988’s Operation Deepscan in which 24 boats equipped with echo sounding equipment attempted to locate the Loch Ness Monster.
Sonar readings from that investigation revealed a “large unidentified object of unusual size and strength.”
Still, they could not positively identify what they had found deep in the water.
Many theorists believe Nessie is a monstrously large eel. Many others think the Loch Ness Monster is a descendant of long-extinct plesiosaurs or an extinct species of turtles.
The plesiosaur theory gained even more traction in July of 2022 when some British scientists claimed that the existence of the Loch Ness Monster is “plausible” thanks to a discovery of fossils of small plesiosaurs.
Meanwhile, another (awesome) theory claims that the Loch Ness Monster actually lives in a parallel universe.
None of them, however, are the correct, according to Sue Keogh of Penrith, Australia, who believes she has finally solved the Loch Ness Monster mystery.
Has the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster finally been solved?
The Mirror reports…
In the documentary, it showed the classic 1934 picture of Nessie – in black and white with a mysterious figure looming out of the rippled water. Sue saw the elongated neck and short snout and instantly recognised it as a shadow puppet shape her father used to make, and now she’s certain that Nessie is an elaborate hoax. She’s even recreated the image, and there is some resemblance, but when she tells people her theory no one believes her.
“The Loch Ness Monster has been around for years, and when I was watching the show I just knew what it was instantly,” said Keogh. “It was obvious, when I was lying in bed I solved the problem – it’s not that big of a mystery.
“I was watching a doc on it one night and all of a sudden I knew exactly what it was.
“Once you see it you can’t unsee it. When you’re a kid and your parents put their hands together to make a bird or a dog on the wall or whatever, like a shadow puppet, it’s similar to that.”
“I think the Loch Ness Monster is a bloke lying under the water with his arm striking out the water,” she continued.
“My dad used to do that thing on the wall and I knew what it was – it’s just a dark photo of a man’s arm. You can see a bit of the body, that’ll just be the bloke with this body under the water. How can that not be it?
“It’s a joke, someone’s taken a photo from the bank, or he had a camera set up or whatever.”
She even recreated the image as “proof” and shared it on her Facebook page. (View it here.)
Unfortunately, the Mirror reports that “people have refused to listen to her thoughts on the matter.”