There’s no denying that the Loch Ness Monster is a full-blown pop culture icon. Just like Jason Vorhees, Frankenstein’s Monster and Kim Kardashian, he (or is it she?) keeps on (literally) making waves and grabbing headlines. We’re not entirely sure why it is usually refered to as a monster and why it’s so camera-shy, but it’s pretty obvious the world is not ready to let go of one of its biggest mysteries. And the latest image of Nessie made us want to delve into the long history of the long-necked creature’s sightings.
Take a look at the 20 most convincing photos throughout history, beginning with a famous fake and ending with the most convincing photo taken to date.
20. The Most Famous (and Fake) Photo of Nessie
The most iconic and most definitely fake image of Loch Ness Monster (who quickly gained a much cuter moniker Nessie). It was allegedly taken by a gynecologist named Robert Kenneth Wilson and published by Daily Mail in 1934. The photo itself is now referred to as a ‘surgeon’s photograph.’
19. The 1934 Sighting
“Four Sundays ago after church I went for my usual walk near where the river enters the Loch. The Loch was like a mill pond and the sun shining brightly,” said Loch Ness local Hugh Gray to a news reporter back in 1934, “An object of considerable dimensions rose out of the water not very far from where I was. I immediately got my camera ready and snapped the object, which was two or three feet above the surface of the water.”
18. Nessie Explores Urquhart Castle
Apparently back in 1955 Nessie was all about exploring the historical places around “his” lake: this particular photo (taken by Loch Ness local Peter MacNab) presents what is believed to be the Monster near Urquhart Castle. As the story has it, MacNab was hesitant about sharing the photo with the press as he was afraid he’d become a laughing stock. But three years later he finally gave in and sent his shot to a newspaper.