The Loch Ness Monster is a folkloric marine creature said to be living in Scotland’s Loch Ness. The modern legend as it is known today arose in 1933 when a local couple claimed they’d seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface” of the lake. More than a thousand sightings of “Nessie” have been reported in the years since newspapers first shared the story.
Skeptics and believers proposed theories about the true nature of the “monster,” and claims have been met with equal parts curiosity and doubt. Much of the evidence given to support Nessie’s existence has been discredited. Nevertheless, the Loch Ness Monster continues to be a subject of speculation and intrigue.
Learn more about the Loch Ness Monster through historical newspapers from our archives. Explore newspaper articles, headlines, images, and other primary sources below.