Simon Dinsdale, of Essex, England, gave a sensational interview to the BBC, in which he said that he had encountered the legendary Loch Ness Monster twice. The father of the former UK detective took a picture of the mysterious creature in 1960.
The legendary lizard supposedly lives in Loch Ness in Scotland. The creature spends most of its time on the bottom of the lake and hardly ever appears on the surface. Nevertheless, new evidence proving Nessie's existence appears on a regular basis.
Roman legionaries, who arrived in the area of the lock in the very beginning of the Christian era, found stone sculptures there made by the Celts. The sculptures depicted the species of local fauna - from mice to deer. The legionaries could not recognize only one animal, which looked like a seal, but had an elongated neck and was huge in size.
Evidence proving the existence of the lizard began to appear from the middle of the 19th century. Many eyewitnesses claimed that they had seen the strange monster in the lake.
In the spring of 1933, The Inverness Courier newspaper published the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mackay about their Loch Ness Monster encounter. The publication launched a massive tourist-attracting PR campaign. Local authorities ordered to build a road on the lakeside so that tourists could enjoy the view of the largest freshwater lake in the UK and have a chance to take a look at the legendary monster.
In August of 1933, three campers saw several humps appearing on the water surface. The humps were moving on the water like a caterpillar, they said.
Afterwards, Nessie encounters stared happening regularly. However, eyewitnesses were saying that they could see some suspicious dark spots on the water, but no one said that they could see the monster in whole.
In 1934, it seemed that the existence of the Loch Ness Monster was proved. Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London physician, allegedly photographed a plesiosaur-like beast with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters. The photo produced a global sensation and is still at the center of controversy.
Tim Dinsdale, the father of the above-mentioned Simon Dinsdale, was famous as a seeker of the Loch Ness Monster. In April of 1960, he made a two-minute film of the monster swimming across the lake. He dedicated his life to obtaining further evidence, taking part in a total of 56 expeditions, many of them solo. Although he claimed to have later seen the monster's head and neck on two occasions, he failed to obtain any more video footage.
Simon claims that he has seen the monster twice in his lifetime and this time, he wants to prove to the whole world that the creature does really exist.
"You should never discount eyewitnesses," Dinsdale said. "After all, I'm an eyewitness, myself. More than 1,000 people, I think, are recorded as having seen something large in the loch ... seen pretty much the same thing -- we've described the same thing. I can look at all the body of evidence, and I'm experienced at looking at evidence, and I can tell you that ... on the balance of probabilities, there is something large and unknown living in this loch," Dinsdale said.
Can we believe the former detective? There is no 100-percent reliable evidence to prove the existence of the monster. Do Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts simply want to attract public attention to themselves yet again?