Loch Ness monster photo was a hoax

Deathbed confession reveals 1934 photo of Nessie was faked!

Famous Loch Ness monster photo was fakedTHIS OLD BLACK-AND-WHITE IMAGE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS MONSTER PHOTOS IN THE WORLD.

The photographer said it was a photo of Scotland's famous Loch Ness monster, taken in early 1934 near Invermoriston by British surgeon Robert Kenneth Wilson at a distance of 200 to 300 meters (half a mile). The photo was published in the Daily Mail on Saturday April 21, 1934.

This amazing photo shows what looks like a monster's long neck and head rising out of the waters of the lake. Part of the creature's back may also be showing, and possibly an appendage or two.

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Above: Photo of Loch Ness — Home of the famous sea monster industry, which brings in $50 million each year.


Skeptics claimed that this “surgeon's photo” of Nessie probably just showed an otter or a diving bird such as a cormorant, or perhaps rotting vegetation raised to the surface by gases.

But the photographer confessed, when he thought he was close to death, that it was a fake. He said it was actually a toy submarine bought from Woolworths that he and a friend had rigged up as a hoax.

They had attached a head and neck made of wood to make it look like a monster.

Map of Loch Ness and Scotland Like the other famous Loch Ness Monster photo, it is not a bad fake. It is impossible to identify the scale of the photo, so the object could have been small or huge. The use of a real shadowy object meant no-one could prove the photographer had touched up the photograph. There is rippled wash around the monster, genuine reflection in the water, and an extended neck reminiscent of a plesiosaur.

But there may be a major giveaway in this photo. Plesiosaurs and marine creatures have flippers or paddle-like limbs. The monster in this photo has a cylindrical paw raised out the water — not the right implement for surviving full-time in the loch!

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