New Photo of Creature in Water Has People Speculating It's the Loch Ness Monster

June 24, 2020 - 4:25 pm

A photo of a sea creature taken by a tourist in Scotland has some speculating it could be the infamous Loch Ness Monster.

In September, English tourist Steve Challice snapped the image while visiting Urquhart Castle on the banks of the Lock Ness. Challice didn't upload the shot until recently and that's when it reignited talk on social media of it possibly being the mythical creature.

The image shows a mysterious form rising up from the water.

“I started taking a couple of shots and then this big fish came to the surface and then went back down,” Challice told the Daily Record. “It only appeared in one shot and to be honest that was something of a fluke. I watched for a while as you can see from the last picture but didn’t see it again.”

Challice says he was only 30 feet away from the creature and it was around eight feet long.

“My guess would be that what I captured was a catfish or something like that,” he added. “As seals get in from the sea then I expected that’s what it is and that would explain why these sightings are so few and far between.”

Roland Watson, who runs the Loch Ness Mystery Blog, initially believed if the photo was real it would qualify as one of the best ever obtained of "Nessie."

But after further deliberation, he now believes the image was photoshopped.

"Okay, so the previous article and the analysis of the photograph's EXIF data led me to conclude this was not a photograph of the Loch Ness Monster," Watston wrote. "I continued to talk to Steve, the photographer, but that has come to an end as he could not provide the original SD card image."

While Challice insists the photo has not been altered, he also doesn't think it's the Loch Ness Monster.

"I genuinely think, to this day, it's just a big fish," he told the Record.

Over the years, photos of the alleged Loch Ness Monster have surfaced and been labeled hoaxes, reported the New York Post.

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