The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most popular legends in the world. It comes from Scottish folklore. "Nessie," as people have dubbed the creature, is supposedly a large water monster with a long neck that often pops up above the water. Scientists believe that the Loch Ness monster is simply a construct of popular culture and a string of hoaxes, but there has never been concrete existence proving it doesn't exist.

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Plus, there are multiple versions of the Loch Ness monster depending on where you look. Other locations and cultures have different legends such as Champ or Ogopogo. There is tons of backstory and lore on Nessie, here are ten facts you might not know.

10 Rumors about the Loch Ness Monster are more than a thousand years old

Rumors, myths, conspiracies, and legends surrounding the Loch Ness Monster have been around for more than one thousand years. While the popular photo that surfaced in 1934 is largely considered one of the "first" sightings of Loch Ness, that was not the beginning of the legend.

In the biography of Saint Columba, there was a connection made between large animals and water monsters like water-horses and kelpies. Some believe these creatures would lure children out in the water and drown them by letting them ride on their backs. In A.D. 565, it is reported that Columba stopped on the shore of Loch Ness and saw a man about to be attacked by a beast in the lake.

9 King Kong has a part to play in the Loch Ness Monster myth

Despite the fact Loch Ness monster rumors span back more than one thousand years, they did gain a certain amount of popularity and notoriety in the 1900s. The reason might be because of King Kong. Vox did an intriguing article about the Loch Ness Monster and delved into some of the reasoning behind why people are so fascinated with this being.

King Kong came out in 1933 and it featured several prehistoric creatures. After the movie's debut, the infamous 1934 "photo of Loch Ness" surfaced. People can't help but be influenced by what they see in popular culture.

8 Some think that the Loch Ness Monster is a plesiosaur

When people talk about the Loch Ness Monster they often refer to it as a large creature with a serpentine neck that pokes above water and four flippers, or fins. Well, what they're describing sounds eerily reminiscent of a creature that once existed eons ago known as the plesiosaur.

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Most monsters have to bear some resemblance to something that already exists. Usually, even in fiction, monsters take on similar traits to real animals. So it's not surprising that Loch Ness would too. It adds to the allure, could it be a lone dinosaur that has survived all this time?

7 The Loch Ness Monster earns millions of dollars for tourism

Regardless of how people feel about whether or not the Loch Ness Monster is real, one thing is certain, the nature of the legend's existence is a boon for Scotland's tourism economy.

It's estimated that the legend rakes in millions of dollars every year from tourists who are coming to visit Loch Ness to see if they can catch a sight of the mystical beast. Because of how popular this lore is, Scotland takes great pride in its legend. There are fun tourist spots you can visit in Loch Ness that pay tribute to the legend.

6 Operation Deepscan

If you thought that the Loch Ness Monster was something only people on Reddit and the internet then you'd be mistaken. There was an incredibly in-depth and intense search for the creature known as Operation Deepscan. They used sonar tech to explore the area of Loch Ness to search the deepest depths of the area.

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It even cost around one million dollars in total according to The Legend of Nessie website. While no definitive evidence was found, it was documented that they found several sonar blips that identified something larger than a shark but smaller than a whale.

5 Loch Ness Monster insurance

During the Visit Scotland Adventure Triathlon, competitors were insured for $1 million in case they were somehow bitten and/or attacked by the Loch Ness monster. It was an unusual risk to take and most insurance companies were unwilling to provide for it.

But the competitors were swimming in Urquhart Bay, which is a place where several Nessie sightings have taken place. Who knows what might attract an ancient prehistoric monster! If a bunch of tasty humans are swimming laps int he bay, it could be just the thing to lure Nessie out of the deep blue.

4 Courtney Love once claimed to solve the Loch Ness Monster mystery

Courtney Love is somewhat known for being a little wild. She often takes to Twitter to talk about various conspiracy theories including, but not limited to, crop circles, the missing Malaysia airplane, chemtrails, and of course, the Loch Ness monster.

She posted a series of various photos on her Twitter account, most of the pictures we've seen hundreds of times already, but added her own commentary in the form of drawings to connect clues. It's pretty hilarious to look at some of the conclusions she's drawn.

3 There is a 12-foot sculpture in Florida

It's the return of the 1934 picture yet again, its legacy is what helped get a 12-foot sculpture of the Loch Ness Monster created and set up in Key West, Florida a few years ago, per The Florida Keys website. Cameron Gainer is the artist behind the sculpture, he participated in the 2008 Sculpture Key West exhibition.

They wanted their artists to experiment and Gaines took that to heart. Many of the sculptures were then set up in other intriguing locations spread out around Key West. Nessie was a delightful addition to the Old Town district for an entire winter.

2 Many people claim to have seen the creature on Google Earth

Do you know how most people spot Nessie these days? They spend hours poring over Google Earth for potential satellite imagery of the creature. You can find countless stills and screenshots all over the internet of potential Nessie sightings.

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It's a good way to keep on the lookout for the mythical monster without having to leave the comfort of your own home. We can't all take off for Scotland at a moment's notice but if you want to remain part of the fun, consider checking out Google Earth sometime! You never know what you might find.

1 More than 200,000 people search for the Loch Ness Monster on Google every month

If you ever have any doubts about the popularity of cryptozoology or the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, you shouldn't. More than 200,000 people search the creature on a daily basis through Google alone.

That's not counting all the people who visit locations scouring for a rare creature sighting or use other searching sites, or those who own books and visit libraries to conduct their own research on Nessie. People love the idea of her existence, the same they do with Bigfoot or the Jersey Devil. Cryptozoology is a fun way to pass the time.

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