Infographic: Empty Ness Syndrome – all recorded sightings of the Loch Ness Monster

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On 7th June 2018 scientists from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and Scotland’s University of the Highlands and Islands launched a joint project to confirm the identities of invasive aquatic species reported to have been populating Loch Ness. The non-native organisms they hoped to find among DNA samples taken from the water included Pacific pink salmon and – it was widely reported at the time – the Loch Ness Monster.

This was our cue to chart all the reported Nessie sightings there have ever been, from the encounter with St Columba chronicled in the 6th-century annals to the spike in creature spottings of 2017. Scroll over the timeline above – and if conclusive proof of an ancient water-beast remains elusive, at least the data when mapped year by year looks vaguely Nessie-like…

This infographic was published in DG#31. Pick up a copy in our online shop or take out an annual subscription using the promotion code ‘SLOWNEWSDAY’ for 10 percent off.

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