Loch Ness

Loch Ness Info

I have visited Loch Ness around three times in my travels to Scotland. The last time was in August of 2018 when we traveled to Scotland and Norway. We spent a few days in Inverness and drove around the eastern portion of Loch Ness. Did we see Nessie or the Loch Ness monster? Wouldn't you like to know.

Instead I will share some information about the Loch Ness monster or what its real scientific name should be.

Nessiteras rhombopteryx, or “Ness monster with diamond-shaped fins,” is the proposed taxonomic moniker of the Loch Ness monster, also known as Nessie. As a brief cryptozoology refresher, Nessie is a fabled reptilian monster believed to reside in a lake called Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
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The scientific name Nessiteras rhombopteryx may look more or less like any other. As with many Linnaean labels, the species name rhombopteryx references the creature’s overall appearance — in this case, its diamond-shaped fins. But there’s one key difference here: The creature it describes doesn’t exist (probably).

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