This is mostly here as a footnote. At the time that the "Monster" was breaking into news in 1933, local fishermen, boat-workers, dockmen and sailors allowed there had been scuttlebut there was a "Salamander" in the Loch which had been told of from time to time. Rupert T Gould eventually came to the theory that the Loch Ness Monster was a gigantic longnecked newt, which can be related to Charles Gould's earlier theory that the Sea-serpent was a giant salamander, citing the Chinese giant salamander as the model to build the theory on.
The earliest photo of the Loch Ness Monster was taken in 1933, the year the Monster started making headlines, and it was taken by Hugh Grey. The image is owned and copyrighted by the Scottish Daily Record. Several commentatos have said that it is an animal which resembles a Japanese Giant salamander, taking the head end to be to the right and the tail to the left (Reverse of Ted Holliday and other serious Loch Ness Researchers, who believe the left hand side to show the Loch Ness Monster's long thin neck) The current status of the photo is as it is marked on the site where I got this copy of the photo:
Image status: HOAX Photographed by Hugh Grey in 1933 this image might look like a flipper splashing in the water but is actually a blurry picture of a dog swimming along with a stick in its mouth.