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Loch Ness monster enthusiasts gear up for biggest search in 50 years

By Libby Brooks

21 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. There are plans to carry out the largest hunt for the Loch Ness monster in 50 years, with hundreds of enthusiasts expected to participate both in person and online. The two-day event will involve a large-scale surface watch, looking for any unusual movements or breaks in the water.

It was 90 years ago that Aldie Mackay, manager of the Drumnadrochit hotel, burst into the bar one evening to tell dumbfounded patrons she had just witnessed a “water beast” in Loch Ness.

It was this sighting – zealously reported in the Inverness Courier – that began the modern myth-making around an elusive monster surviving in the depths of the Highland loch – and next weekend hundreds of Nessie enthusiasts are expected to take part in the biggest organised hunt for the mysterious creature in 50 years.

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