It’s a MONSTER hoax … 1951 style.

The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie is a creature that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Interest and belief in the animal has varied since it was brought to the world’s attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings. It has certainly been the subject of numerous hoax sightings.

Nessie in 1951

Nessie in 1951

On July 14, 1951, Forestry Commission employee Lachlan Stuart took a picture of mysterious humps rising from the loch. The photograph caused quite a stir at the time. Over twenty years later researchers visited the spot where he had taken the picture and realized the humps would have been in extremely shallow water close to the shore, meaning that Stuart’s monster must have been awfully flat. Confirming their suspicions, author Richard Frere later revealed that Stuart had confessed to him the humps were nothing more than bales of hay covered with tarpaulins.
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