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31 mins | May 13, 2020

The obsessive life and mysterious death of the fisherman who discovered the Loch Ness Monster

He knew the loch, and its inhabitants, as well as anyone — and yet today, his name barely remembered. A humble Scotsman saw something strange in the water — and daringly set out to catch it — only to have lecherous out-of-towners steal his fame and upend his quest. Paul Brown tells us in Narratively the extraordinary story of Alexander 'Sandy' Gray. "Sandy Gray was fishing in the peat-black waters of Loch Ness when he discovered an unusual animal. It was a sleety Saturday in March 1932, and the animal was a large, elaborately colored bird with a glossy green head, a fan of coppery-red plumes, and a dark-metallic breast. Sandy spent much of his free time on the loch (the Scottish word for 'lake') and knew that this creature was a rare discovery. The bird was badly injured; it appeared to have been shot or trapped. Sandy, a bus driver from the tiny loch-side village of Foyers, attempted to save it. He took it home but could only keep it alive for a few days. After it died, Sandy took it to the nearby town of Inverness to have it identified."

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