Nessie, is that you?
An amateur photographer visiting the famous Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands says he saw the mysterious creature and captured the incident on camera. David Elder, 50, was focusing on a swan at Fort Augustus on the south-west end of the loch when he spotted something unusual, The Mirror reports.
“Out of the corner of my right eye I caught site of a black area of water about 15 feet long which developed into a kind of bow wave,” Elder told The Mirror. “"I'm convinced this was caused by a solid black object under the water. The water was very still at the time and there were no ripples coming off the wave and no other activity on the water.”
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Elder, from a town outside of Glasgow, Scotland, said the sighting looked like a ripple coming off a wave. “It looks like the sort of wave perhaps created by a windsurfing board but there was nobody on the Loch at the time, no boats, nothing,” he said.
While no scientific proof of Nessie’s existence has been found and many dismiss Elder’s claims – some experts say the size of Loch Ness which spans 23 miles and is up to 750 feet deep could be large enough to house large reptiles, the Daily Star reports.
Modern sightings of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster began in the 1930s when a London man, George Spicer, said he and his wife spotted a dragon-like creature on Loch Ness while on a motorboat. In 1934, a Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London gynecologist snapped an infamous photo of the creature that was later revealed as a hoax.
The last sighting took place In 2011. Local shop owner, Jan Hargreaves and her husband Simon, said they caught a glimpse of Nessie while looking out onto the loch. "We stand here all the time and look out and see boats and kayaks but it didn't look like anything we have seen here before," Hargreaves said describing a reptile with a long neck and black in appearance. “It was around for a good four to five minutes. It was just so strange."