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Scottish Canals has discovered a batch of food, which it claims was once been given to the elusive Loch Ness Monster.
Dubbed ‘Nessie Food,’ a container of the unusual concoction was uncovered in the depths of the old Caledonian Canal Centre in Fort Augustus during lockdown.
It’s thought that the unique foodstuff holds magical powers which come to life when
submerged in Loch Ness. The legend goes that if you throw the food into the loch, you may be able to spot the Loch Ness Monster herself.
However, for Nessie to appear, the myth suggests that you have to follow three simple
steps. The first step is to close your eyes and count to 10. Secondly, jump three times. The final step is to take a handful of the magic food and make a wish as you throw it into the loch.
The food was discovered just days before a Cruise Loch Ness boat picked up an elusive
object in the loch using sonar technology. The mystery creature was detected 190 metres deep, measuring around 10 metres in length itself.
The cryptic creature is thought to be Nessie herself, lurking in the depths to find her next meal.
Caledonian Canal Centre’s Destination Manager, Alice Gibbs, said: ‘We couldn’t believe it at first. Deep in the darkest corner of our underground stores, right at the back, was a sparkling box.
‘It wasn’t until we took it upstairs and into the daylight we could see that it was labelled
Nessie food. Inside, along with the batch of food, was a worn, old note explaining what to do with the food and how to make a wish come true.
‘It’s a truly magical concoction and we hope it brings our visitors lots of good fortune and fun.’
The remainder of this rare Nessie food will be rationed out each day – enough to keep
Nessie nourished and make multiple wishes come true.
The Caledonian Canal Centre will give away 25 packets of food to the first 25 children who come in each day. Though there’s one catch – children must relay the secret password: ‘Nessie Nibbles.’
Nessie Food will be available at the centre from Saturday, October 10 to Sunday, October 25.
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