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Loch Ness Monster Trivia Quiz Questions And Answers

What is the Loch Ness Monster?
A: In Scottish folklore, the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie is a creature said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

How is it often described?
A: As large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water.

Popular interest and belief in the creature has varied since it was brought to worldwide attention in what year?
A: 1933.

Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with a few disputed what?
A: Photographs and sonar readings.

The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without what?
A: Biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking, and the misidentification of mundane objects.

The creature has been affectionately called what?
A: Nessie, since the 1940s.

The word "monster" was reportedly applied for the first time to the creature on 2 May 1933 by whom?
A: Alex Campbell, water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist, in an Inverness Courier report.

On 4 August 1933 the Courier published a report by Londoner George Spicer that several weeks earlier, while they were driving around the loch, he and his wife saw what?
A: The nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life" trundling across the road toward the loch with "an animal" in its mouth.

Letters began appearing in the Courier, often anonymously, claiming what?
A: Land or water sightings by the writer, their family or acquaintances or remembered stories.

The accounts reached the media, which described a what?
A: A “monster fish", "sea serpent", or "dragon" and eventually settled on "Loch Ness monster".

On 6 December 1933 the first purported photograph of the monster, taken by Hugh Gray, was published in what?
A: The Daily Express.

The Secretary of State for Scotland soon ordered police to do what?
A: To prevent any attacks on it.

In 1934, interest was further piqued by what?
A: The "surgeon's photograph".

That year, R. T. Gould published an account of what?
A: The author's investigation and a record of reports predating 1933.

Other authors have claimed sightings of the monster dating to when?
A: The sixth century AD.

The earliest report of a monster in the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán, written when?
A: In the sixth century AD.

In October 1871 (or 1872), D. Mackenzie of Balnain reportedly saw an object resembling a log or an upturned boat doing what?
A: Wriggling and churning up the water.

The object moved slowly at first, disappearing at a what?
A: Faster speed.

Mackenzie sent his story in a letter to Rupert Gould in 1934, shortly after what?
A: Popular interest in the monster increased.

Modern interest in the monster was sparked by a sighting when?
A: On 22 July 1933, when George Spicer and his wife saw "a most extraordinary form of animal" cross the road in front of their car.

How did they describe the creature?
A: As having a large body (about 4 feet (1.2 m) high and 25 feet (8 m) long) and a long, wavy, narrow neck, slightly thicker than an elephant's trunk and as long as the 10–12-foot (3–4 m) width of the road.

They saw no what?
A: Limbs.

It lurched across the road towards the loch 20 yards (20 m) away, leaving a trail of what in its wake?
A: Broken undergrowth.

It has been claimed that sightings of the monster increased after what?
A: After a road was built along the loch in early 1933, bringing workers and tourists to the formerly-isolated area.

However, Binns has described this as "the myth of the lonely loch", as it was far from isolated before then, due to what?
A: The construction of the Caledonian Canal.

Hugh Gray's photograph taken near Foyers on 12 November 1933 was the first photograph alleged to what?
A: Depict the monster.

The photo was slightly blurred, and it has been noted that if one looks closely what can be seen?
A: The head of a dog.

Gray had taken his Labrador for a walk that day, and it is suspected that the photograph depicts what?
A: His dog fetching a stick from the loch.

Others have suggested the photograph depicts what?
A: An otter or a swan.

The original negative was what?
A: Lost.

However, in 1963 Maurice Burton came into "possession of two lantern slides, contact positives from the original negative" and when projected on screen it revealed what?
A: An "otter rolling at the surface in characteristic fashion."

On 5 January 1934, a motorcyclist, Arthur Grant, claimed to have what?
A: Nearly hit the creature while approaching Abriachan (near the north-eastern end of the loch) at about 1 a.m. on a moonlit night.

According to Grant, it had a what?
A: A small head attached to a long neck.

The creature saw him, and did what?
A: Crossed the road back to the loch.

Grant, a veterinary student, described it how?
A: As a cross between a seal and a plesiosaur.

Grant produced a sketch of the creature which was examined by zoologist Maurice Burton, who stated it was consistent with the appearance and behavior of a what?
A: An otter.

The "surgeon's photograph" is reportedly the first photo of the creature's what?
A: Head and neck.

Supposedly taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London gynecologist, when was it published in the Daily Mail?
A: On 21 April 1934.

Wilson's refusal to have his name associated with it led to it being known as what?
A: The "surgeon's photograph".

According to Wilson, he was looking at the loch when he saw the monster and did what?
A: Grabbed his camera and snapped four photos.

Only two exposures came out clearly; the first reportedly shows a small head and back, and the second shows what?
A: A similar head in a diving position.

The first photo became well-known, and the second attracted little publicity because of what?
A: Its blurriness.

Although for a number of years the photo was considered evidence of the monster, skeptics dismissed it as what?
A: Driftwood, an elephant, an otter, or a bird.

Since 1994, most agree that the photo was what?
A: An elaborate hoax.

It had been accused of being a fake in a 7 December 1975 Sunday Telegraph article which did what?
A: Fell into obscurity.

Details of how the photo was taken were published in what book?
A: The 1999 book, Nessie – the Surgeon's Photograph Exposed, which contains a facsimile of the 1975 Sunday Telegraph article.

The creature was reportedly a what?
A: A toy submarine built by Christian Spurling, the son-in-law of Marmaduke Wetherell.

Wetherell had been publicly ridiculed by his employer, the Daily Mail, after he found what?
A: "Nessie footprints" which turned out to be a hoax.

To get revenge on the Mail, Wetherell perpetrated his hoax with what co-conspirators?
A: Spurling (sculpture specialist), Ian Wetherell (his son, who bought the material for the fake), and Maurice Chambers (an insurance agent).

The toy submarine was bought from where?
A: F. W. Woolworths, and its head and neck were made from wood putty.

On 29 May 1938, South African tourist G. E. Taylor did what?
A: Filmed something in the loch for three minutes on 16 mm color film.

The film was obtained by what popular science writer?
A: Maurice Burton, who did not show it to other researchers.

A single frame was published where?
A: In his 1961 book, The Elusive Monster.

His analysis concluded it was what?
A: A floating object, not an animal.

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