Loch Ness Monster FOUND? Clearest pic yet of mythical Scot beast baffles experts

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WOW: Is this the clearest pic of the Loch Ness monster yet?

It is being dubbed the first official sighting of the mystery creature this year.

Tourist Hayley Johnson, from Manchester, saw a strange dark shape at dusk in the loch’s Urquhart Bay yesterday, said to be a favourite haunt of Nessie.

Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, was getting worried about the lack of sightings recently.

“She was taking pictures on her iPhone at dusk when she spotted a dark shape in the water, higher than the waves,” he said.

“There have been sightings of Nessie there before. This a credible sighting but is obviously unexplained.”


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“I was quite worried that there had been an eight-month gap since the last sighting and so was the whole world it seemed,” he added.

“Last year was a record year for the 21st century with eight sightings and then she seemed to have disappeared.

“Nessie is seen in the winter but she’s much more common in the summer – this is why it was unusual that nothing was seen after August 21.”


“This a credible sighting but is obviously unexplained”


Gary Campbell

The last sighting was when Ian Campbell, a government worker from Argyll, was cycling along the west side of the loch near Drumnadrochit.

He saw two creatures in the loch about 33 feet in length just out from the shore.

On the same day another man, visiting the area, saw something very similar.

He said that he and his son saw some dark or black shapes moving around in the water near to Urquhart castle.

“Anything that is later proved to a hoax or can be subsequently explained is removed from the register,” said Mr Campbell, 51, a chartered accountant from Inverness.

It was in 1996, Mr Campbell saw something resembling a “mini whale” – with a black shiny back – at the south end of the loch.

“I have spent the last 21 years trying to explain it,” admitted Mr Campbell.

“Like most sightings I only saw it for a few seconds. When I went to record it, I found there was no register, so I started one, the following May.”

Since then Mr Campbell has logged 1,082 sightings.

The monster mystery is said to be worth £30m to the region.


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Irish missionary St Columba is first said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD.

Among the most famous claimed sightings is a photograph taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson.

The image was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who on his deathbed revealed the pictures were staged.


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The image was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who on his deathbed revealed the pictures were staged.

Recently a scientist revealed his plans to DNA test the waters of Loch Ness in another bid to determine once and for all if Nessie exists.

Professor Neil Gemmell will look for traces of unusual DNA by gathering water samples from the Scottish loch before analysing them using police forensic techniques.

Professor Gemmell, of New Zealand’s University of Otago, thinks this could solve the monster mystery.



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