• A new photo emerged online, which reignited rumors surrounding the Loch Ness Monster
  • It was captured by an English tourist in Scotland
  • He said that he posted the photo of what he believed was just a large catfish

A new photo has again fueled much speculation and ignited the debate as to whether or not the Loch Ness Monster is real. The photo, which is said to have been taken by a tourist in Scotland, shows the half-submerged body of an unidentified fish or creature.

A Good Photo

Unlike past photos of Nessie, the most recent is not grainy and can be enlarged to a certain point without losing quality. According to Steve Challice, an English tourist who took the photo, he was touring the Urquhart Castle situated right on the shores of the popular Scottish loch.

While admiring the sights, what appeared to be a long fish swimming by caught his eye, he told the Daily Record. “I started taking a couple of shots and then this big fish came to the surface and then went back down,” Challice said. He added that while he may have taken several shots, the creature appeared in only one shot, something which the English tourist considered as something of a fluke. Challice revealed that he waited for a little while, hoping it might appear again, but it did not.

debate on the existence of the Loch Ness Monster reignites after a recent alleged photo of Nessie surfaced online
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The Latest Image Of The Elusive Creature?

Challice did not give much thought to the photo until the recent COVID-19 lockdown, where he found lots of time to check out his many vacation snapshots. He then posted the photo of what he believes is a large fish online but did not expect it would spark new speculation by theorists that he may have captured the latest image of the elusive creature.

While the English tourist enjoys the attention given to the picture, he believes that it was just a large catfish. In an interview with the Daily Record, Challice said he may have just snapped a photo of a catfish or something similar. “As seals get in from the sea, then I expect that’s what it is and would explain why these sightings are so few and far between,” the English tourist added.

The Loch Ness Monster

Popularly known as ‘Nessie,’ the Loch Ness Monster is one of the enduring myths surrounding the huge and deep freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands, which extends around 37 kilometers southwest of Inverness. Only a few photographs of the assumed prehistoric creatures have surfaced over several decades, with most of them classified as hoaxes.

According to Roland Watson, the photograph of Challice, if legitimate, would belong to the top three images of Nessie that has been released to the public. However, he also believed it may have been just a huge catfish. Watson runs the Loch Ness Mystery Blog, a website that seeks to find the truth about Nessie. He wrote on his blog that he has talked to Challice but revealed the latter may not be able to provide the original SD card image.