A video, featuring a “Nessie-shaped” underwater monster, has emerged sparking suggestions the Loch Ness Monster may be alive and well.
Many experts had feared Nessie long dead, with little to no sign of the mythical beast reported over the past 12 months.
However, a video recorded by tourist Rob Jones may have put paid to that idea, with the clip showing what may well be Nessie or a similar beast alive and well.
Mr Jones told The Scotsman: “I saw it quite far across the Loch near the castle, but by the time I stopped the van, it was very close and other people stopped to take photos too.”
Unfortunately, before anyone gets too excited it’s probably worth mentioning that loaded’s resident Loch Ness monster expert, Malcolm Robinson, remains unconvinced.
Author of the highly-recommended The Monsters of Loch Ness (The History and the Mystery), loaded got Robinson to have a closer look at the footage and he’s not having any of it.
“I’ve looked at this footage several times and I am unconvinced that this is Nessie,” he said.
“Nessie who I do believe 100% exists, is not an air breathing animal. Those occasions when it has surfaced happens only briefly before it dives down into the depths. This may well be a radio controlled model but that is only speculation on my part.”
Despite pouring cold water on the footage, Robinson remains optimistic that Nessie’s legacy may live on as part of a larger underwater colony of similar beasts.
“My estimation is that there are upwards of six or seven large creatures in Loch Ness and they are repopulating,” he told loaded a couple of months back.
“If you think these sightings have been going on since the 1930s, it’s really the only logical answer.”