Scotland's Loch Ness Monster Disappears, No Sightings in Last One Year

First Posted: Feb 11, 2014 05:54 AM EST

The infamous Loch Ness monster, Nessie, seems to have disappeared as no confirmed sightings have been made for over a year.

For the first time in 90 years no confirmed sightings of the Loss Ness monster have been reported, according to BBC.

 According to Gary Campbell, who maintains a record of sightings, in the last 18 months no one has spotted the Loch Ness monster. He resides in Inverness and has been maintaining a record of Loch Ness monster sightings for the past 17 years.  He has records that date back to some 1,500 years.

Campbell said, "It's very upsetting news and we don't know where she's gone. The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn't seen at all."

News of the monster spotting started circulating less than a century ago, reports  LiveScience.  It was in 1933 that the world's attention was caught by a story in a local newspaper about a monstrous head.  A few years later, the monster was caught on frame by a photographer but was declared a hoax. Earliest records about the monster date back to 565 A.D. and legend has it that  St. Columba scared the monster away.

There are several myths surrounding this Loch Ness monster,  some claim the water beast is a long-necked aquatic dinosaur. Last year, people noticed a strange curved neck popping up and down off the coast of Magnetic Island, Australia, and related it to Scotland's Nessie. But others said it was just a half sunken boat mistaken as the mythical monster.

Campbell told BBC News, "So far 1,036 reported sightings have been recorded and there were some in 2012. I'm convinced that Nessie has just taken some time out and will be back with a vengeance this year."

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