The discovery of a mystery creature on a United States beach has revived* talk that the Loch Ness monster* could be real.
The strange looking animal was reportedly found at the weekend on Wolf Island in the state of Georgia by a father and son, who were out on a boat trip.
Father Jeff Warren spotted what he said he thought was a dead seal lying in the surf, First Coast News reports.
But upon a closer look, Mr Warren said it became clear he had no idea what the animal on the sand was.
It appears to have a long tail and two fins, as well as a long neck and a tiny head — features usually linked to the Loch Ness monster.
“Nessie” as the monster is affectionately* known, is a serpent*-like creature said to live in the deep waters of Loch Ness in Scotland.
The loch is deeper than the North Sea and is very long and very, very narrow and has never been known to freeze.
There have been lots of sightings of the monster over the years, starting way back in the 6th century.
In 1933 the first photograph was taken of the monster, or what is said to be the monster. It showed something with a long neck arched over a thick body. This photograph, taken by a London surgeon, caused a sensation* when first published in the Daily Mail. Many people now believe the photo to be a fake.
Interest in Nessie has grown and several scientific investigations have taken place.
In 1961 the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau was formed and even two submarines have been brought into the search with sonar* experts on board.
One submarine found a deep underwater cavern sparking rumours that was where Nessie lived.
In 1975 four firemen from Hemel Hempstead decided that the monster must be a male, so they built a huge female papier-mâché monster to attract it.
It had false eyelashes, make-up and let out a recorded mating call. It didn’t work and didn’t tempt Nessie out of hiding.
So is the animal on the beach likely to be Nessie?
Experts have so far been unable to positively identify the creature from the photos and video footage.
Director Dan Ash of the US Fish and Wildlife Service told Action News Jax that some sea animals have a way of decomposing* where they can resemble a prehistoric* creature.
He said a 9m basking shark can end up looking like it had a long neck and tiny head.
Alternatively, he said, the “creature” could also be a fake.
There are legends of monsters living in several places around the world, including Morag, in Loch Morar, Scotland; Lagarfljot Worm, in Lagarfljot, Iceland; Ogopogo, in Canada’s Okanagan Lake; and Lariosauro, in Lake Como, Italy.
revived: bring back to life
Loch Ness monster: a large aquatic animal like a serpent or reptile reportedly in the waters of Loch Ness
affectionately: in a fond way
serpent: like a snake
sensation: an excited reaction
sonar: a system for the detection of objects under water by emitting sound pulses and detecting or measuring their return after being reflected.
decomposing: to become rotten or decayed
prehistoric: relating to the period before written records
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1. Where was the mystery creature found?
2. What type of animal is the Loch Ness monster believed to be?
3. Where is Loch Ness?
4. What organisation was formed in 1961 to investigate whether Nessie is real or not?
5. What does director Dan Ash think the creature could be?
1. Real or Fake
Using information from the article, write some points supporting the theory that the Loch Ness monster could be real, and some points supporting the case that it has been made up.
REAL // FAKE
Extension: Sketch a picture of the Loch Ness monster from the descriptions provided in the article. Surrounding the picture, write some information about what we know about the supposed ‘Loch Ness’ monster.
Time: Allow 20 minutes
Curriculum links: English, Critical & Creative Thinking
2. N E S S I E
Complete an acrostic poem for “Nessie” as the monster is affectionately known. Incorporate information from the article to make sentences beginning with each letter of her name.
Extension: Create a tourist brochure for the town of Loch Ness to entice people to come and visit the area to search for ‘Nessie’.
Time: Allow 25 minutes
Curriculum links: English
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.
Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.
Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP
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