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May 2

Loch Ness Monster Day

Loch Ness
Loch Ness #2
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St. Columba and the Monster
From Look and Learn Magazine (1962-1982)
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"Unlike the bold monsters of old, 'Nessie,' as the Loch Ness Monster is affectionately called, is a shy, retiring creature that has never harmed a soul. Sure, it has surprised and scared a lot of people, but it has never tried to drown or eat anyone. So it's no surprise that Nessie is the most popular of all cryptids. ~ Rick Emmer, Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction?

Although St. Columba is said to have vanquished the Loch Ness monster in 565, Loch Ness Monster Day marks anniversary of the famous May 2, 1933 sighting reported by the Inverness Courier from an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface," giving rise to the modern day Loch Ness Monster tourist trade and an aquatic addition for cryptozoologists. Sea serpent sightings ( including the most recent 2016 Nessie sighting) have occurred throughout history throughout the world up to the present day, including notable documented sightings from 1732 in Greenland, 1638 in New England, 1905 in Brazil, 1977 in New Zealand, 1983 off Stinson Beach, California, to 1985 in the San Francisco Bay. So even if you're not near Loch Ness, keep your eyes open!

Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was born when a sighting made local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” 

"Loch Ness #2," is a district tartan, one of two tartans associated with the Loch Ness district.

 

The Loch Ness tartan is a predominantly green and black tartan with red. Loch Ness is a vast and beautiful body of water, with Urquhart Castle watching over it and of course the Loch Ness Monster languishing in its depths? The Loch Ness tartan most certainly dates earlier than the modern sightings of Nessie.

On August 22, 565, St. Columba is said to have encountered the Loch Ness Monster.


According to legend, while traveling in Scotland, Columba had to cross the Loch Ness. On its banks, he saw some of the Pict folk burying a man who had been bitten by a water monster while swimming. The body had been pulled from the loch with the aid of a hook by rescuers who had come to his assistance in a boat.
 

Columba ordered one of his followers, Lugne Mocumin, to swim across the loch and bring back a coble (boat) that was moored on the other side. The monster, having been robbed of its earlier feast, surfaced and darted at Lugne with a roar, its jaws open. Everyone on the bank was stupefied with terror; everyone, except Columba. He raised his hand, making the sign of the cross, and invoking the name of God, he commanded the beast, saying, "You will go no further, and won't touch the man.  Go back at once."

At the voice of the saint, the monster fled as if terrified, "more quickly than if it had been pulled back with ropes." 


For more on the May 2nd, 1933 sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, click the picture of St. Columba and Nessie from November, 1969 issue of the British weekly children's magazine, Look and Learn.