A Welsh tourist visiting the Loch Ness in Scotland believes he captured a photograph of the legendary Loch Ness monster. John Payne, 55, spotted a mysterious floating shape which he initially thought was a large fin. Realising it was something much larger, he took out his camera and captured a few photos before the creature disappeared from sight. According to Mr Payne, guests and staff at the nearby Foyers Roost Hotel were shocked when they saw the image, which he said bore similarities to other claimed images of the Loch Ness monster.
Mr Payne’s sighting comes a month after a similar sighting was reported in Somerset, at Clevedon Pier. Visitors spotted a mysterious creature swimming and propelling itself through the water but were unable to take photographs.
The Loch Ness monster, or “Nessie”, is a mythical creature that has been allegedly sighted numerous times in the murky waters of Loch Ness. Generally described as a long-necked creature with humps protruding from the water, there has never been conclusive proof that the creature exists. Some sightings have been explained as hoaxes or the misidentification of natural objects in the loch. However, despite the oft-disputed academic credibility of the tales surrounding Nessie, interest in the creature continues unabated.
The belief in Scotland’s legendary monster dates back more than a thousand years to Viking times, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that it became a popular tourist attraction. In recent years, there has been a decline in the number of Nessie sightings reported, with speculation that the creature may have died. However, Mr Payne believes that his recent sighting brings new hope that the Loch Ness monster still roams beneath the waters of the loch.
According to the “Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register”, which has codified all reported sightings of the creature, the last confirmed sighting took place on 24 August 2020. The sighting was made by Steve Challice, who had been boating on the loch when he saw a strange, dark object in the water. Challice captured video footage of the object before it disappeared from view, although some account for the sighting have been attributed to a seal, otter or horse.