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The so-called “surgeon's photograph” is reportedly the first photo of the creature's head and neck. Supposedly taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London gynaecologist, it was published in the Daily Mail on 21st April 1934. Wilson's refusal to have his name associated with its led to its being known as the surgeon's photograph.

Although for a number of years the iconic photo was considered evidence of the monster, sceptics dismissed it as driftwood, an elephant, an otter, or a bird. The photo's scale was controversial as it is often shown cropped, making the creature seem large and the ripples like waves, while the uncropped shot shows the other end of the loch and the monster in the centre. The ripples in the photo were found to fit the size and pattern of small ripples, unlike large waves photographed up close. Since 1994, most agree that the photo was an elaborate hoax.

The legend of the Loch Ness monster dates back 1500 years. Since then thousands of eye witnesses, countless photographs, sonar records and films have testified to the existence of a Loch Ness monster. A profile has gradually emerged of ‘Nessie’ having three humps, a long neck, rough-textured skin and being over 10 feet in length. Every year tourists from all over the world flock to see it. Yet despite decades of tireless exploration, observation and scientific analysis, still no real evidence has been discovered.

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