It was on this day 85 years ago, May 2, 1933, that an extraordinary story appeared in The Inverness Courier newspaper and began a global phenomenon.

Aldie Mackay, a hotel manager, and her husband were driving past Loch Ness on a sunny, cool and calm afternoon in April 1933 when they saw what appeared to be a large creature, black and wet, “something resembling a whale” turning in the water. When Evan Macleod Barron, the editor of The Inverness Courier, heard about the incident he said the couple must have seen a “monster” and soon afterwards crowds of sightseers flocked to Loch Ness to see the phenomenon. Despite many sightings since then, there is still no conclusive proof of a real monster.