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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.

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

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.’

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