The 39 Clues


The Loch Ness Monster

When discussing the Loch Ness Monster, the first question people usually ask me is, "What's a Loch Ness?" Well, "loch" is the Scottish word for "lake", and Ness is the name of a narrow lake in Scotland more than twenty miles long. It is also very deep — so deep that no one knows exactly how far down it goes. And it is the home of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Much like other legendary creatures such as Bigfoot or the Yeti, Nessie is known for her shyness. In general, she tends to avoid humans. However, she has been sighted, photographed, filmed, and detected by sonar. Reported sightings of Nessie date back hundreds of years.

Not everyone believes that Nessie is real. Some suggest that the underwater currents of Loch Ness lift logs off the bottom of the lake and push them along the surface, making it appear as if a creature is swimming along. It's even been suggested that Nessie is an elephant that escaped from the Ringling Brothers’ circus in the 1930s. It's clear to a rational person like me, though, that Nessie is real.

Even though any rational person can assume that Nessie is real, most efforts to find her have failed. These missions always seem to be doomed from the beginning, and their failure is always due to bizarre circumstances. Could someone be sabotaging these missions? Is there a secret in Loch Ness that needs to be protected? I must admit that it all seems a little fishy to me.

But who could be behind it? Let’s take a look at the usual suspects:


Not this time. They don’t have any power in Scotland—that we know of, at least.


The British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, is the British equivalent of the CIA. They could certainly be putting the brakes on any attempt to explore Loch Ness. But why?


Aliens have a lot of secrets. Could they have hidden something in Loch Ness? Or could Nessie be an alien? Who knows?! One thing is for sure, though, aliens could definitely be behind this.

Whatever is hidden in Loch Ness is being protected by someone or something. And until we find out who, the mystery of Nessie will continue to live.