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The Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness is a deep lake in Scotland. The lake is so dark, it is very hard to see anything underwater. But more than four thousand people have reported seeing a monster in its waters.

Stories about the Loch Ness Monster go back hundreds of years. The ancient Scottish people who lived near the lake told tales about the creature.

People describe the monster as being as big as a school bus, having a wide body, fins, a long neck, and a tail. The monster has even been given the name Nessie.

Scientists have used machines to search the dark waters of Loch Ness. Not even the most expensive cameras, submarines, or other devices have found Nessie. The rocky bottom of the deep lake makes it easy for a clever sea beast to hide.

Scientists have taken photos in the lake. The pictures are cloudy and unclear, but they show something large.

Some think Nessie could be a strange giant eel or a type of whale or seal that no one has ever seen before. Another idea is that Nessie is a relative of a prehistoric fish called the plesiosaur. Maybe Loch Ness has the right conditions for Nessie and her relatives to live and hide.

Would you go swimming in Loch Ness?

Source: The Loch Ness Monster
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Where is Loch Ness?
Scotland What do you think the word "loch" means?
lake What is a plesiosaur?
a boat
a monster
a prehistoric fish
a prehistoric fish The Loch Ness monster has been reported to have fins.
It doesn't say in the story.
True How many people have reported seeing Nessie?
fewer than 20
about 100
more than 4000
more than 4000 Where have scientists looked for Nessie?
underwater in Loch Ness
in the forest near Loch Ness
in a river near Loch Ness
underwater in Loch Ness Which of these ideas has NOT been used to explain Nessie?
Nessie is a sea monster that comes alive on Halloween.
Nessie is a strange type of eel.
Nessie is related to a prehistoric fish.
Nessie is a sea monster that comes alive on Halloween.

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