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The deepest lake in Scotland world famous for sightings of a its monster

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Loch Ness is the deepest lake in Scotland. It measures 21.8 square miles, and contains more water than all of the lakes in England and Wales put together. It reaches a depth of 230m, which means you could put an entire power station in there, and it wouldn't even break the surface. Not that we Scots would ever do that of course! The lake has been a popular destinations for trips and holidays for many years - but in 1933, something happened which would change people's view of Loch Ness forever.
A man called George Spicer and his wife were driving along the A82 - a long road that runs alongside the lake. To their tremendous shock, they saw a huge creature in the water, rolling and plunging on the surface. After several minutes it disappeared, and though the Spicers waited by the water's edge for a significant period of time, it never returned. They described the creature as having a whale-like body, with a neck as long as the road they were driving on.
The Spicers didn't seem like the type of people who would fabricate stories - he was a respected businessman, and she was a university graduate. And in fact, in the next few years, many more people stepped forward in support of the story, reporting their own encounters with the Loch Ness Monster. Photographs began to appear, leading to furious debate about the possible existence of a huge creature living in the water.
Over the years, several expeditions and searches have been conducted, using high-tech methods like sonar, and even submarines. The reports have never managed to decisively conclude one way or the other, but they have recorded evidence of large objects in the lake, which they were unable to explain.
Sightings of the monster have continued all the way up to the present day, with many people convinced of its existence. Still, many others say it's just a myth, and that all the photographs are too blurry, or fake. This is certainly true on some occasions, as there have been several proven hoax attempts in the area - perhaps most notably when a British TV channel constructed a large-scale model of the Loch Ness Monster, and tried to use it to trick the public.
Despite the doubts, people continue to be captivated by the idea of a creature living in the depths, and tourism to the loch is always popular. You can drive round the lake, stay in hotels on the shore, and even go on boat trips, to try and get a first-hand view of the beast. Nessie - as she is affectionately known - has become famous the whole world over, featuring in countless songs, books, films, and even an episode of The Simpsons!
So if you take a trip to Loch Ness, keep a close eye on the surface, because you might just be the next witness. Just try not to fall in!

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