Ness Monster Scotland
It’s long been established that unicorns are mythical animals.
But everybody knows that the Loch Ness Monster is real.
So it is with that knowledge that a campaign has been launched to have Nessie recognised as the national animal of Scotland.
Inverness cruise company Loch Ness by Jacobite wants to replace the unicorn, a legacy from William I’s decision to use the mythical creature on his coat of arms.
The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to 565AD and the question of whether or not she exists is said to be worth millions each year to Scottish tourism.
Freda Newton, of Loch Ness by Jacobite, said: ‘We have been running tours of Loch Ness for 40 years now, with many of our visitors coming to search for or at least catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most famous monsters.Could the Unicorn’s days be numbered?And here’s what it might look like with the Loch Ness Monster on the crest (Picture: Alamy/Metro)
‘Nessie is an icon and an asset. There is no doubt she attracts hundreds of tourists to Scotland every year and she deserves recognition. If not as our national animal, then at least she should be awarded the title of Scotland’s national monster.
‘A formal nod to Nessie’s fame is long overdue. Those who wish to back the campaign should sign the petition now and show their support on Twitter.’
A new Twitter account @RealNessie has been set up to give the Loch Ness Monster her own voice as part of the campaign, which organisers said has drawn support from the Monster Raving Loony Party.
The campaign was launched at the VisitScotland expo 2015.
Earlier this week, Google launched a Street View experience that allows people to search for the Loch Ness Monster.
When searching in the Loch Ness area, the usual yellow Google Pegman will change to a Nessie peg-monster, giving users the power to zoom in on different areas of the loch.
VisitScotland hopes the global initiative will raise the profile of Loch Ness and Scotland.
The Loch Ness Monster sightings through the years
Mystery ‘bumps’ photographed by Clive Limpkin at Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness . REXSCANPIX.
Mr Marmaduke Wetherell is pictured on a boat with his companion Mr Gustave Pauli during their search for the Loch Ness Monster. . REXMAILPIX.