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The Loch Ness Monster is often described as a ‘monster fish’ or a ‘sea serpent’. The earliest report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the ‘Life of St. Columba’ by Adomnán, written in the 7th century. The story describes a man who had been swimming in a river which flowed into Loch Ness when he was attacked by a ‘water beast’ or a ‘kelpie’, a supernatural shape-shifting water horse that haunts the rivers and streams of Scotland. The beast mauled him and dragged him under. Many other sightings have been reported since then and popular interest in the monster skyrocketed in the early 20th century after a road was built along the loch, bringing both workmen and tourists to the formerly isolated area. The Loch Ness Monster or ‘Nessie’ as he has affectionately become known has become embedded in Scottish cultural heritage and is legendary all over the world.