I’ve previously published two dinosaur posts:
This article present the Nessie sightings/encounters/evidence that I couldn’t fit into the last article. (“Nessie” is the nickname for the Loch Ness Monster, a plesiosaur-like creature spotted in Scotland’s Loch Ness.)
In 2007, a 55-year-old lab technician by the name of Gordon Holmes filmed a dark shape moving in the lake.
Here are some stills:
Now, what is it? Some suggest an eel or something. It’s impossible to say for certain what the creature is – although I think we can rule out the theory that it’s just wind rippling. As the excellent blog Loch Ness Mystery points out, it looks too solid for that. Some would say that the lack of a wake rules out an animal, but you can find video footage of crocodiles etc swimming with no wake, so that argument is false. So, it’s definitely a creature of some sort.
In 2011, a boat skipper picked up something on sonar. From Wikipedia:
On 24 August 2011 Loch Ness boat captain Marcus Atkinson photographed a sonar image of a 1.5-metre-wide (4.9 ft), unidentified object which seemed to follow his boat for two minutes at a depth of 23 m (75 ft), and ruled out the possibility of a small fish or seal. In April 2012, a scientist from the National Oceanography Centre said that the image is a bloom of algae and zooplankton.
From Loch Ness Mystery:
Nessie Sonar Controversy Goes CommercialThe Nessie Sonar case gets more complicated each time something pops up on the media or someone else adds their opinion on the matter. However, I have been in email contact with the witness himself, Marcus Atkinson, to clarify and answer some points. I will come to those at the end of the post.
First off is a piece by Loren Coleman on the Cryptomundo website where he refers to Dick Raynor’s website addressing some sonar questions. Dick Raynor skippers one of the boats run by another cruise company called Castle Cruises Loch Ness.Straight after that, there is speculation about the man who got the sonar hit, Marcus Atkinson, who works for a competitor cruise company called Cruise Loch Ness. To quote Cryptomundo:But perhaps truly damning, this year “Cruise Loch Ness” are running special monster hunting trips with underwater cameras on the boat skippered by…Marcus Atkinson – the man behind all the publicity of this new “discovery.” Therefore, some locals are questioning Atkinson’s big splash in the media this week. Is it a marketing move?The cruiser website carries information on this monster hunting variant of their trips here. One wonders who the concerned “locals” are in this instance.Now as regards so called marketing moves, what is this meant to tell us about anything? If I refer you again to Scepticism’s Seven Deadly Sins, Mr. Atkinson had committed “sins” number two and six. That is, you are not a credible witness if you are involved in a commercial outlet near the loch or have gained financially from the sighting. The second point is answered as the William Hill £1000 prize that Mr. Atkinson won was not announced till months after his sonar story.The first point is not relevant in my opinion as the original sonar hit story was on the 15th September 2011, way past the peak of the tourist season and only a few weeks before the whole industry slowed down significantly for the Autumn and Winter. Hardly a judicious time to stage such an event and rather more likely to add to the sincerity of the testimony. As for the current story, the newspapers I consulted (The Daily Mail and The Sun) don’t even mention these new monster hunting trips.However, the fact that Cruise Loch Ness sees an opportunity here needs to be looked at from both sides. The ramp up to the new season began only two weeks ago at Easter time (though things tend to dip again until the school holidays begin) and this rerun of the story is only a week old so any talk of “cashing in” would be premature. Moreover, if the company has upgraded their “monster hunting trip” variant with underwater cameras then that looks to me like a cash investment which means a degree of risk is being taken on. That’s how capitalism and free enterprise works. If people (and competitors) don’t like it, they could petition the Scottish Government to nationalise the entire fleet of all Loch Ness tour operators (okay, that’s a bit tongue in cheek).
For completeness, it looks like there are five cruise companies operating in Loch Ness:
Castle Cruises Loch Ness (http://www.lochnesscruises.com/home.htm)Cruise Loch Ness (http://www.cruiselochness.com)Jacobite Cruises (http://www.jacobite.co.uk)
Loch Ness Cruises (http://www.lochness-cruises.com)
Deepscan Cruises (http://www.lochness.com/loch-ness-cruises.htm)They operate at various points around Loch Ness near Inverness, Abriachan, Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus. But essentially they are competing against each other since tourists tend to only pick one cruise when they visit the loch. In other words, one cruise company’s gain is another’s loss.Such is the world of business at Loch Ness, but going back to the sonar trace itself, what it shows is still the subject of continued controversy. The Dick Raynor link above talks about sonar seeing debris and plankton along the thermocline though he does not explicitly state that this is what Marcus Atkinson saw that day. My own take on that interpretation is what does a sonar hit on the thermocline look like on these cruise boat sonars? Mr. Raynor has been using such devices for a long time and has been collecting various images for years of things that can fool witnesses. Since the thermocline plus debris/plankton/etc is not exactly a rare event, perhaps a picture of his own would help his theory?It is one thing to theorise, it’s another to prove it. I’ll admit Nessie cryptozoologists such as myself will not be forthcoming with evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the phenomenon is a particular exotic species but this is also a problem with sceptical interpretations of Loch Ness Monster reports. A theory is proposed but too often no follow through to prove it is undertaken. It is just assumed people will accept it because it is plausible. This is clearly not scientific and leaves things in a suspended state. Understandably, some theories will not be testable due to their nature and people have other priorities and lives to lead. But at the same time the “trust me I am an expert” line is not the way forward.
Proposing makes it plausible, testing makes it probable (or improbable). In general, if it can’t be tested, it’s not fully scientific.
In contrast, Tony Harmsworth, another seasoned Loch Ness Researcher, is doubtful of the thermocline as a cause if the boat was moored somewhere in Urquhart Bay since the combination of shallow waters and the rush of water from the rivers would disrupt it too much. He goes for a different interpretation such as a layer of fish.
Again, a typical cruise boat image of a shoal of fish for comparison should not be beyond the wit of man. Also, I am not sure fish are known for shoaling in Loch Ness which makes me wonder how diffuse such an image would be in comparison to our strong sonar image here? My other observation is that you will see the presence of crescent-like images around the larger trace in the above sonar image. These shapes are normally indicative of fish, so what is the larger object if those are fish? Admittedly, a clearer image would have helped in this assessment.
However, what the experts are both agreed on are the vagaries of sonar interpretation in Loch Ness and this would seem to be exemplified by their differing views on this image. This has implications for both sides of the Nessie debate.
To wit, if people cannot agree on what they think are common objects, how are they going to fare with uncommon objects? Let me put this another way; if the monster exists, what would its sonar trace look like? I don’t know and I bet none of the experts do either. We can guess, but we can never be sure. Though some don’t think they need to be sure – they don’t believe there can ever be a Loch Ness Monster!
Now getting back to Mr. Atkinson, it’s good to get things from the source and so his input is helpful in clarifying matters.
Firstly, he (or his company) did not stir the thing up again. In fact, he says it’s “a bit weird that the whole thing has blown up again“. He points out that the original story in September 2011 was not given to the papers by him but by monster hunter Steve Feltham. But (in accord with my above bit on business), now that the publicity has come to them, they are not going to turn it away. I don’t blame him for that, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
As regards the sonar trace itself, Marcus says:
“I have always said I don’t know what the picture is, and I would like to know.”
Something mysterious? Yes. What exactly? That’s what everyone has been discussing to no firm conclusion.
Marcus admits he is not an expert but he told me that he has had seven years experience of using the sonar hardware and that means he is no novice either. And with 17,500 miles on the loch clocked up after just three years, he says it is going to be people like him that are more likely to get the unusual sonar hits. In that light, he says he has never seen a trace like it in his time there.
One final point he makes is concerning the thermocline explanation. His colleague went back to the same spot an hour or so later but the contact had gone. I can see his point there. Even if the thermocline varied in intensity, one would still expect to see something there.
But we are not convinced it is the thermocline and so the debate continues.
David Elder filmed a wave on the loch in 2013 that he claimed was caused by a dark object beneath the surface. Skeptics think it’s wind. Here’s the original video.
2017 has been a ‘record year’ for sightings of the Loch Ness monster
The Loch Ness monster has had a busy 2017, with more “official” sightings than any other year this century.
Admittedly, the number of official sightings logged is eight, but that’s a lot for a mythical beast.
The eighth sighting is a photo of a strange “fin” in the water, taken by Dr Jo Knight from Lancaster University, after a recent visit to the loch.
She had taken her nine-year-old son to visit Loch Ness because of his interest in the monster.
“My son is interested in all sorts of ‘possible’ creatures like yetis and Tasmanian tigers,” Jo tells Newsbeat.
“Scotland is slightly easier to get to than the places he wanted to go to look for yetis.”
But she doesn’t think they spotted a pre-historic animal.
“There aren’t enough fish available for a large creature to be eating,” she says.
“However, there is a possibility there might be some kind of eel or sturgeon which is causing the sightings, that’s maybe grown bigger than they usually do.
“I think there’s some kind of creature but possibly not a monster.”
A woman on her honeymoon in October spotted a creature moving in the water, while a group of friends holidaying in August spotted “something huge” in the water which apparently “arched out of the water”.
There were three sightings in June, one in May and one in April which were all deemed “official” sightings.
These sightings, and many more, are recorded by Gary Campbell who assesses and logs sightings of the Loch Ness monster.
“This is the most we have had this century,” he told The Express newspaper this week.
He says that his team was “50/50” on the photo taken by Dr Knight, but they decided to give her snap “the benefit of the doubt”.
“In recent years the most sightings in a year we have had is 17 – and that was in 1996.
“Before that the 1960s and 1930s were the times that had most sightings – sometimes more than 20 in a year.”
A 9m model of the Loch Ness Monster built in 1969 for a Sherlock Holmes movie was found almost 50 years after it sank in the loch last year.
Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine said the shape, measurements and location pointed to the object being the prop.
The following is a list of all the reported Nessie sightings of the 21st century:
All the sightings in the 21st Century
Here are the sightings of something unexplained in Loch Ness reported since 2000 – you’ll see that it’s not just grainy old black and white pictures that exist of our favourite creature!
22 March – again, regular webcam watcher Eoin O Faodhagain took 6 photos and 39 second video of something moving rapidly on the livecam at 16.53 on the surface then submerging, then gone for 5 seconds then up again on the surface going another direction turning about leaving a wake and splashes. It then then submerged and disappeared.
27 February – long time webcam watcher Eoin O Faodhagain took the picture below at 15.02 on the 27 the February. Te said that it was only on the screen of the Live Cam for seconds and that he could not get any video this time. There were no boats until three minutes later when he noted a cruiser coming from direction of the Clansman Hotel at 15.05. The loch was calm at the time of sighting
23 February – a visitor from Manchester took the picture below of something unexplained in Urquhart bay at 3.12pm . She said the dark coloured creature rose about 3 feet out of the water for about 10-15 seconds before disappearing back under the surface.
24 January – Jonas Detsch of Aberdeeen was visiting the loch with his brother when while hiking near the Clansman Hotel they saw a 50 metre long disturbance beng caused by something large just under the surface of the water. This occured about 60m out in the loch and sighting lasted 15 seconds – they confirmed that there was no boat traffic in the vicinity
19 December – Caroline Barnett from the south west of England was watching the Loch Ness Webcam at 10.20 when she saw someting move slowly up the loch. Initially she thought it was a boat or similar but the object appeared animate and then disappeared into th water before reappearing. It was dark in colour and nearer the east shore of the loch.
13 December – at 1440 hours Ricky D Phillips, a well known military historian, heard a curious noise while taking pictures where the River Oich flows into Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. He looked up from his phone and saw a long, straight neck, a head maybe the size of a rugby ball, all completely grey, and a narrow face, which was only about 20ft away – it then turned and disappeared. This is what he captured on film:
22 November – a visitor from the United States saw a dark green (almost appeared black) object protruding from the water, at about 4.5 feet in height, slowly moving farther from shore. There was no boat traffic and the sighting lasted about 30 seconds.
13 September – Lisa Stout from Bellvue Ohio was checking out Google Earth when she spotted the image in the pictures below. She said “I had been searching for Nessie on and off for the past few weeks, spending an hour or so a week on Google Earth as well as other places I like to visit in the app. I had seen some of the latest Nessie sightings and thought that I can definitely find a better image of her than that which I used for motivation to challenge myself to find her. On the 13th at 9.45am, I had got my daughter off to school and began to search for Nessie when I noticed a cluster of pictures taken by an Underwater Earth Contributor all in one area near the Loch Ness Highland Resort in Fort Augustus. I noticed what I believe may be the creature known as Nessie – or at the very least what makes up for most of the accounts of Nessie sightings that residents/tourists are seeing and reporting.”
Note – although the images were taken by Google in 2015, they weren’t spotted until 2018, hence the listing here
5 September – Dipak Ram and Tom Smith on vacation from England saw a dark shadow in the water near Dores beach at 5.35pm. Initially they thought was just a wave but the shadow remained persistent for about 30-35 seconds with water moving around it. When they zoomed in using their camera phone, it became much more apparent that it was a stationary object . After 30-35 seconds, it disappeared downwards into the water. This is what they caught on camera:
17 August – the Locke family, on holiday from Ontario in Canada, saw a “solid dark shape” appear about 50 yards offshore close to Urquhart Castle at 9.40am. The sighting lasted about one minute and this is what they captured on camera:
17 August – also, later on the same day, Charlotte Robinson, 12, from Leeds was staying at the Loch Ness Highland Lodges at Invermoriston with her parents when she spotted something unexplained just 50ft away on the first day of her holiday. She took some pictures on her iphone – you can see the full report here. Veteran Nessie hunter Steve Feltham said that her picture was ‘one of the best in years’. (Source – The Sun and Press and Journal Newspapers). Here’s what she captured:
16 August – A resident local to Loch Ness reported a possible sighting on Wednesday August 16th at about 2pm. The location was the woodlands walk behind the Dores beach and although the witness reckons the creature was forty feet from the shore, they were no less than 100 metres from the beach. The full report is on the Loch Ness Monster Blog
8 August – Ten year old Isla Ross was with travelling in the back of a car at 10.39am when she took this picture on her iphone of something unexplained near Urquhart Castle. Her family has confirmed that there was no boat traffic nearby
5 August – At 9.38am Marylin and her family, regular visitors to the area, were on holiday from Leeds travelling from Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus when they looked out at the loch and spotted a strange looking lump on the surface of the water, which was very still and quiet at the time. It looked dark brown in colour and ‘sort of like an upturned boat’. They revisited the area by boat in the afternoon and there was nothing like that in that area. Unfortunately because they were driving and couldn’t pull in, they didn’t manage to get any pictures.
26 July – Miss Coghlan, visiting the area with her family from Norfolk, reportedseeing a greyish blue creature with a hump and head about half a mile out in the loch. The sighting took place from the A82 road near Bunloit at 3pm.
1 June 2018 – Natalie Hodgson and her family, on holiday from Yorkshire, took this picture of the head of an unknown creature in the water at 10.30pm from the Highland Lodges holiday park where they were staying. The creature, photographed by her daughter, rermained for a few minutes caught in the moonlight before disappearing
28 May – Morag Connor and her friend were driving north out of Drumnadrochit between 11 and 11.30 am. They saw a creature with a long neck with some humps behind it sticking about 7-8 feet out of the water and about 50 m from the shore. The creature had an all dark body but with no discernible head. They were unable to stop as they were driving and there was no place to pull over.
30 April 2018 – Eoin O’Faodhagain from Co Donegal took a ten minute video from the Loch Ness webcam at 1207 hours. The creature moves from right to left and there were no boats visible on the water when he first noticed it but as it swam towards Urquhart bay, two cruisers came down the middle of the loch from the north and it sank briefly the came up again, but seemed to be lower in the water than when it first appeared. As the cruisers got closer to the object it sank completely and never came back up. This is a still from the video:
26 March 2018 – Dakota Frandsen, on holiday from Idaho in the United States, reported seeing a large dark shape, roughly 40 feet in length, moving about in the water close to the Urquhart Castle jetty between 3 and 3.30pm. The shape seemed to purposely avoid the boat traffic in the area but Dakota also reported that as a black speedboat came by it seemed to attract the shape’s attention which lead it to briefly surface. The “skin” of the object was grey in color, almost like that of a hippopotamus and then the the shape start swimming towards to shore opposite the castle before it finally disappeared. Other, similar shapes seemed to also appear but quickly vanished.
2 November 2017 – Dr Knight and her son from the north of England pictured what appears to be a fin or similar at 11.25 am from a cruise boat on the loch. They didn’t realise that they’d snapped anything until they were going through their holiday pictures – here’s the picture….let us know what you think
3 October 2017 – Megan Clarkson from Florida took a 1 minute, 48 second video from the Nessie on the Net webcam. It shows an animate object moving through the water close to the shore in Urquhart Bay. Here’s a still from the video..and you can watch all the footage here
2 October 2017 – Mrs Stewart from Oldham was on honeymoon when she saw something moving in the water from the pier at Fort Augustus at 4pm. The creature disappeared when a boat came out from the canal to the loch. She managed to take this picture:
29 September 2017 – Diana Turner from the USA was watching the Nessie on the Net webcam in the afternoon when she spotted a strange wake movement on the water. The sighting lasted about two minutes and other than the boat in the distance, she saw no other traffic on the loch. She snapped this picture of the wake
10 September 2017 – Jessica Bergman and her boyfriend had a 90 second sighting on the webcam at 10.09 hours. They had recently been visiting the loch and had checked in to see the web footage and snapped this (large creature to top left, disappeared into water in just over a minute):
22 August 2017 – Mr Stuparich and three friends were out walking from the Dores Inn to Tor Point. As theycame to the shore on the point all four saw something huge in the water. They said it was an unusual shape – it arched out of the water then turned and went down underwater. The sighting, pictured below, took place at 3.41pm and lasted about 10 seconds.
25 July – Eva Griswold wason holiday with her family from Los Angeles when she saw something in the water at approx 3.24pm. She said “I saw a large hump in the water. It was blackish gray and shiny and it moved in an arch. It looked like a neck. It looked like it was swimming or diving when it arched forward under the water. It disappeared into the water as we passed by. Estimated size is about 7 feet for the hump. There was only one hump. It was close to the shore.” Her encounter can be seen in a short documentary made by her dad Alan at https://wdrv.it/9129caa61/grid
26th June 2017 – Paula from Canada took a video from the Loch Ness Webcam at 7pm. It shows an unknown object moving slowly north on the loch near Urquhart Castle. This is a screen shot of the video
22nd June – Mr Jackson and his wife, visiting from Australia snapped something in the loch four miles south of Urquhart Castle at 5.18pm in the afternoon. The sighting lasted about five minutes – this is what they saw.
12 June 2017 – Paula from Canada took a five minute video from the Loch Ness webcam at 11.20am. It shows an unknown object mving slowly down the middle of the loch towards Fort Augustus. This was similar to the further recoding she took on 26th June, above. You can see what she filmed here
1 May 2017 – Ms Johnson from Manchester was at Urquhart Bay taking pictures at dusk when she spotted a dark shape in the water, higher than the waves. This is what she saw
28 April – A Ms Cairney from Dunbartonshire was at the loch with three of her friends when they saw a 20m long series of waves move at about 5mph along the surface 500m out. It came out of nowhere and then disappeared the same way – they have confirmed that there was no boat traffic in the area. The sighting took place at 3pm from a layby on the A82 road between Drumnadrochit and Inverness. The video can be seen here
21 August 2016 – Ian Campbell, a government worker from Argyll, was cycling along the west side of the loch near Drumnadrochit with his son and family friend when he pictured two creatures in the loch about 10m in length just out from the shore.
21 August 2016 – on the same day Mr Smith, visiting the area, also saw something very similar. He said that he and his son saw some dark or black shapes moving around in the water near to Urquhart castle. He estimated them to be about 800 yards away but they managed to take some pictures including the one below.
21 June 2016 – Jim from Iowa took the pictures below from the ‘Nessie on the Net’ webcam while watching it during his lunchtime in the USA. He said that the second picture shows the normal view without the object in it. The sighting lasted 10-12 seconds and he reported that there was no boat activity in the area at the time.
21 May 2016 – Jolene Lin, a visitor from London spotted “a head emerging from the waters and having a large snake-like head” It was reported as being relatively far away but she said she could see the head clearly and the ‘monster’ appeared to be greyish-green or something along that lines. The sighting took place at 1.29pm from one of the cruise ships on the loch. She took this picture:
1 May 2016 – a visitor from Texas took pictures of a dark creature just under the surface following the boat she was on. The sighting was at approximately 1330 hours and lasted 30 seconds. She said that she initially thought it was a shadow but then realised that there was nothing behind her that could cause such a reflection. This is what she snapped
15 April 2016 – Mr Smith and his family from Aberdeenshire too a picture of a black shape seen low in the water whilst looking west from the beach at Dores at the north end of the loch. He said that the sighting lasted about a minute at midday. This is what he saw:
24 March 2016 – Joaquin from the Canary Isles snapped the picture below on the Nessie on the net webcam. He said there were no birds or other debris around and when he refreshed the screen, the creature was gone:
15 September 2015 – local man Conor Mckenna was driving along the loch side one mile south of Urquhart Castle at approx 12.45 hrs when he saw a dark coloured 15-20ft long object in the water about 250m from the shore. he had a clear view for 6-7 seconds before the object submerged, leaving a small wave here it had been.
13 August 2015 – Mr & Mrs Bates, who were staying at the Loch Ness Holiday Park, photographed a ‘mass’ moving in an undulating fashion in the loch at 3.30pm. Five other people also witnessed the sighting which lasted for five minutes. Here’s one of the pictures, taken on a smartphone
1 July 2015 – Somewhere between 15.00 & 15.30, Crystal Ardito of New York snapped an unexplained creature from a boat on the loch. She said that it was only a few seconds and weather conditions were about 10 degrees celsius and a little windy (source Daily Mail)
25 April 2015 – Dee Bruce of Elgin was driving to Skye with her partner Les Stuart when she saw a black creature come about three feet out of the water near the north end of the loch at 12.30pm. It happened so quickly, she was unable to get a camera out to take pictures (source – Inverness Courier)
22 April 2015 – a couple on visiting Urquhart Castle reported seeing a large dolphin sized shape emerging from the waters at 12.15pm. It came out 4-6 times and was confirmed by another unrelated person who saw the same thing.
6 November 2014 – a couple from Lancashire saw what looked like a giant fin coming out of the water. Although they didn’t see any head or body. they said it was as though she was waving at you with a fin. The creature was heading towards the north side of the loch from the south & was (approx) in the middle of the loch about a mile from Fort Augustus
1 July 2014 – Abhinav Bhardwaj from Aberdeen took a picture from the back of a boat in the loch. After looking at it again, he noticed what appears to be a large creature just under the water to the side of the boat
20 June 2014 – Terran Woolley from Kansas reported seeing a disturbance on the water to the north of Urquhart Castle at 3pm.There was no boat traffic nearby at all.
20 May 2014 – 9 members of staff and guests at the Loch Ness Lodge, a 5 star B&B at Brackla on the north shore, saw an object move across the water away from them at 9.55am. The sighting lasted almost 15 minutes and the object created a wake as it moved. Pictures were taken with an iphone but the distance of approx 1.2km from the viewers to the object meant that even the binoculars they had could not focus on the object. It then disapppeared into the loch. Many of those present had been around the loch for years and could not explain what they had seen. Here’s the best of the pictures:
2 May 2104 – a local gamekeeper reported seeing someting creating a 50 foot long wake at 8.30am going from the north to the south side of the loch near Dores – he saw it from the top of Dores hill. There were no boats in the vicinity and the sighting lasted about a minute. The man said it was “an amazing sight. I travel this road to Whitebridge daily and have never seen anything like it”
April 2014 – Bjarne Sjöstrand of Stockholm reported this image from Google Earth as a result of seeing the Apple images that were so widely publicised. Bjarne has done some analysis and has concluded that the object is around 31m long. This puts it at the same size as the Apple image but it doesn’t appear to be moving at speed in this shot. The part of the loch the picture is taken at is known as Horse Shoe Scree and is on the opposite side from the main road running the length of the loch. The image (seen below) can be viewed on Google Earth and Google Maps at 57°10’25.30″N, 4°36’53.53″W. This image won the 2014 William Hill Award.
12 January 2014. Andy Dixon of County Durham reported the same image as Peter Thain had captured in 2013. The snap was reviewed by an expert from Scottish Canals who have the navigation rights to Loch Ness and they have no idea what it is. Here’s what they both saw….
And here’s the so called debunking evidence – we think that instead of ‘highlighting and adjusting’ ‘doctoring’ is a better description of what these guys did to try to prove it was a boat….
For a while we thought that for the first time since 1925 there had been no sightings (See a copy of the press coverage, first released by the Inverness Courier here) but then….
Peter Thain of Northumberland reported that on 7 September 2013, he’d seen a large creature just below the surface on Apple’s map app and in 2017, Matthew Clarke of Carmarthenshire reported this:
In early 2013, he took some video footage of a large disturbance in the water from a lay by beside the loch. It was a very short timeframe.
25 Oct 2012. Ken Ross and his wife, both of Inverness, were travelling down to Fort William when they spotted something in the water near Inverfarigaig. He said “From the pictures, it looks very like a boat wake but there not a boat to be seen for miles. The cause of the wake appeared to be travelling at fair speed before the wake ceased. This was witnessed by myself and my wife”. This is what he snapped
25 August 2012 Joanne Assleman photographed a small ‘whale like’ creature off a jetty near Drumnadrochit (source – Highland News)
7 September 2011 Jon Rowe, a fish farm worker from Lewiston photographed a large dark shape in the water near Dores Fish Farm at 8.30am (source – Inverness Courier)
24th August 2011 Marcus Atkinson, a local boat skipper with 18 years’ experience on the loch, captured an image of a 1.5m wide creature some 23m below the surface on his boat’s sonar system. The contact took place in Urquhart Bay. (source – Daily Mail)
15th June 2011 Mr & Mrs Hargreaves of Foyers reported seeing a creature with a long neck which appeared for 30-40 seconds near the village of Foyers (source – Inverness Courier)
24th May 2011 William & Joan Jobes photographed a creature in the loch while walking along a path beside the loch at Fort Augustus (source – Inverness Courier)
20th November 2010 Richard Preston of Yorkshire took pictures of mysterious humps near Aldourie Castle, where he was working as a landscape architect. (source – Inverness Courier)
6th June 2009 Douglas MacDougall spotted a hump in the water near the Clansman Hotel.
22nd May 2008 Gordon Holmes from Yorkshire was undertaking his new expedition (Net Nessie 2008) when he recorded an unexplained sonar contact 60 feet down in the Loch. During his stay he went on to record a further two contacts at various points in the loch.
8 February 2008 Brenda Ellis from Foyers took four snaps on her mobile phone of a creature moving north in the water near Inverfarigaig on the south side of the loch. She said the creature was black/brown in colour and was spotted moving in the water for 10-15 minutes.
26 May 2007 Gordon Holmes of Shipley, Yorkshire, took a video of an unknown creature at 9.50pm from a layby at the north end of the loch. He described the creature as 4-6ft long , swimming at around 6mph.
27 March 2007 Sidney and Janet Wilson photographed a strange animal from the back of cruise boat near Urquhart Castle (source – Highland News)
28 January 2006 Mrs Murphy from Inverness was driving south at 11.30am on the A82 near the youth hostel at Allt Sigh. She stopped as she saw a black cone shaped creature circle round in a whirlpool like motion about one quarter of the way across the loch. Familiar with the loch she said that she had never seen anything like it before. The sighting lasted 4 minutes and the weather conditions were clear with no wind.
15th October 2005 Robbie Girvan, owner of the Loch Ness Caravan Park at Invermoriston, took five pictures of what he described as a 4 feet high head and neck at 6pm when he was walking his dogs by the loch shore. He said he saw a long neck come out of the water and had time to return to the house, get his camera, and return to take the pictures. Previously a non-believer, he said that the ‘dark green and silvery’ creature could only have been Nessie
9th September 2005 A retired Master Mariner was cruising just south of Urquhart Bay in a Caley Cruisers boat at a speed of 9 knots when they were overtaken by an unknown object which was between them and the south shore. Unlike anything any of the three people on the boat had seen before, the sighting lasted several minutes with whatever it was only disappearing as they moved the boat towards it. A regular boat user on the loch, the captain said that there was no rational explanation for what they had seen.
28th August 2005 Kelly Yeats and Neil McKenzie from Bridge of Dee were staying at Foyers Bay House when they saw a ‘long necked, curved headed’ creature in the loch at 8.30 in the morning. The sighting lasted 10 minutes.
11th August 2005 Mr Bell and his family from Newcastle watched what they described as the head of a large animal move through the loch at 6pm in the evening. The family, who were on the veranda of a holiday lodge at Foyers at the time, said that the head was larger than that of a cow and was about 1/3 of the way across the loch. Regular visitors to the area, they were convinced it was not a boat wake or wave movement that they had seen.
17 August 2004 At 4pm, Tom Clegg of Worcestershire saw three dark humps 150m out from the shore between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus. He said it was definitely animate and there was no boating activity in the area at the time. The sighting lasted for 5 seconds
11th April 2004 Two holidaymakers were walking along Dores beach at around 10.00 am when they noticed an object in the water. It was there for around 5 minutes moving very slowly from left to right. The object was around 200 to 300 feet away and was no more that 2 or 3 feet out of the water.
5 February 2004 Spotted on the Nessie on the Net webcam, a regular Nessie watcher snapped something come out of the water and disappear a few minutes later. This happened during the day close to Urquhart bay with all the normal explanations being discounted by experts
1 June 2003 The captain of local cruise boat “The Royal Scot” reported seeing a fast moving v-shaped wake on the surface of the loch at 2.10pm. The water was very calm at the time and the wake was said to be about 1000 ft long with the creature at the head of it travelling at about 35mph.
23 May 2003 Local coastguard skipper George Edwards saw a six foot long creature surface for about 2-3 minutes close to Urquhart Castle at around 1.00 in the afternoon. He said it was dark grey in colour and had a rough texture to its skin – it came out of the water about 18 inches.
17 October 2002 – Ms Hilden had a nine second sighting of an unknown creature in the early morning.
10 August 2002 A man travelling on the A82 towards Fort Augustus saw an unknown object cross the water at speed. It created a substantial wake and was above the water for about 15-20 seconds.
17 July 2002 A Roybridge man watched a ‘swirl of white water’ being pushed around in a semi-circle for about 4-5 minutes at 9.30 in the morning. He said that he had never before seen anything like it in Loch Ness or any other loch
13 April 2002 A local man and his daughter spotted something moving at the head of a wake across Urquhart Bay. They had a clear view on a calm surface for about 5-10 seconds of the object which was about 200 metres out from Urquhart Castle
27 February 2002 Two local residents of Dores at the north end of the loch saw something move quickly from Tor point to the Clansman Hotel. They said that it created a wake and there was definite splashing from the head of whatever the creature was.
21 November 2001 At 2pm two local women saw a dark hump in the loch out from Urquhart castle. Dark grey in colour, the hump was stationary for 1-2 minutes before disappearing below the surface of the water.
12 August 2001 A man on holiday from Duns saw a black hump in the water near the Invermoriston Caravan and Camping Park. It appeared for 3-4 seconds and was also seen by his grandson.
5 August 2001 Andrew Bain from Aberdeen was watching the loch from Fort Augustus at around 9pm. He saw a large black form rise from the water and remain visible for around 5 seconds. A smaller black hump then appeared close to the first before disappearing.
10 January 2001 Dougie Barbour from Glasgow took pictures of a wake moving against the current from a layby near the Clansman Hotel during the mid-afternoon.
4 September 2000 Fort Augustus man saw two humps in the water close to Cherry Island at the South end of the loch.
23 August 2000 Robert Pollock of Glasgow filmed a creature in the water for 18 minutes in Invermoriston Bay. It moved about and then disappeared below the surface.
3 August 2000 11.15.a.m. Two students touring the Highlands saw curious v-shaped wake moving through the water, off Boleskine and near Foyers.
13 July 2000 Melissa Bavister and Chris Rivett, on holiday in the area, took a picture of a large double humped object in the middle of the loch.
22 June 2000 1.00 p.m. David Myers saw a ‘triangular shaped mound’ rise out of the water to a height of about two feet.. Sighting occurred from loch side close to Clansman Hotel.
20 June 2000 Gavin Joth, a Canadian watching the Loch Ness webcam, snapped a number of pictures of a head and neck type object crossing Urquhart Bay.
16 May 2000 Jonathan Whitehead, an ornithologist. While on a walking trip around the loch, at about 10.30 a.m. he saw what appeared to be a head and neck sticking out of the water as he looked across Urquhart Bay.,
17 February 2000 Allan White and family, from Australia were looking out over the loch from the A82 from Inverness. They saw a dark shape emerge on the water about ½ a mile away.
12 February 2000 James Dalton. While visiting the loch on a day trip from Aberdeen saw an unusual movement of water, as something broke the surface near Horseshoe Scree.
8 January 2000 John Catto, a former soldier saw a fifteen foot long object in the water as he made his way to Drumnadrochit. The object was about five feet tall.
3 January 2000 Melvin Hughes, his wife and two children.. At a distance of about ½ a mile saw from above Foyers from picnic area a black neck and head emerge from the water mid-way across the loch and cause a water disturbance as it progressively moved in the water.
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So… What do you think? Is the ending to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (which I just finished watching) – in which dinosaurs roam the earth – or at least North America (so far!) – freely alongside humans, closer to reality than we’d like to believe? Or is it all baloney? I have a definite opinion on it; I leave it up to you to make yours.