A holidaymaker has snapped photos of a mysterious shape on Loch Ness, which he says had a “massive neck.”
Father-of-three John Payne, 55, was admiring the scenery from a window at Foyers Roost guest house, Inverness, next to the famous Loch Ness on April 9 when he noticed a strange movement on the loch.
Stories about a Loch Ness monster – also called Nessie – have been around for centuries, but conclusive evidence has never been found anyway.
Mr Payne, a shop assistant from Newport, Wales, said: ‘I was looking out the window at the scenery and this huge thing just appeared out of nowhere.
“I tried to take a picture, but it was gone and then it resurfaced further down the lake. I took another shot and then zoomed in on my camera and waited to see if it would reappear and it did.
Father-of-three John Payne, 55, was admiring the scenery from a window at Foyers Roost guest house, Inverness, next to the famous Loch Ness on April 9 when he noticed a strange movement on the loch
Stories about a Loch Ness monster – also called Nessie – have been around for centuries, but conclusive evidence has never been found anyway
What IS the Loch Ness Monster?
Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London doctor, captured perhaps the most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster
Rumors of a strange creature living in the waters of Loch Ness have abounded in recent decades, but little evidence has been found to substantiate these claims.
One of the first sightings, believed to have sparked modern Nessie fever, occurred on May 2, 1933.
Many Nessie witnesses have reported large, crocodile-like scales sitting atop the creature’s spine, leading some to believe an escaped amphibian is to blame.
The first reported sighting of the monster is believed to have been made in AD 565 by the Irish missionary St. Columba when he encountered a giant beast in the River Ness.
Since then, more than 1,000 sightings have been recorded.
Many who believe in the Loch Ness Monster think it may be related to plesiosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles.
One of the most famous claimed sightings is a photograph taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson and published in the Daily Mail.
Dr. Wilson, a leading gynecologist in London, did not want his name associated with the photograph, so it became known as “the Surgeon’s Photograph.”
It was later exposed as a hoax by one of the contestants, Chris Spurling, who revealed on his deathbed that the photos were staged.
“It must have been something really big because we were about a mile from the lake and I could see it clearly.
‘You wouldn’t have been able to see a bird or anything from that far away—it had to be something big. It was like a huge neck.
‘At first I thought it was a giant fin, but I know there are no dolphins or porpoises in the lake, so I thought what the hell is this thing.
“It wasn’t like it was attached to anything, like a buoy, because it was getting further and further away.”
He went to the lake later in the day, but said the creature was nowhere to be seen.
John added: ‘I showed some people around the hotel and they were all very shocked.
“It all happened so fast, it was maybe only two minutes. I went to the loch later that day but couldn’t see anything.
“I’ve looked at other Nessie photos and these are similar.”
According to Britannica, the first written record of a monster in Loch Ness appeared in a 7th century biography.
Much ‘evidence’ has emerged over the years to support the existence of a creature in the lake, although it has been largely discredited.
Mr. Payne’s spotting comes just a month after the detectives discovered that there can’t be just one Loch Ness Monster – there can be TWO.
Nessie hunter Eoin O’Faodhagain, 58, was monitoring a webcam of the loch when he spotted a dark presence he estimated to be 30 feet (9 meters) long.
Within an hour he saw two bumps surface not far away – and they seemed to be moving away from each other.
Mr O’Faodhagain said: ‘It is clear that the two Nessie-like humps are moving in a two-minute period, and the larger hump of the two has changed position relative to the smaller one.
“Given that no disturbance of water is visible between objects, you would have to admit that they are two separate moving creatures.”
Mr Eoin O’Faodhagain has multiple entries on the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, but new rules regarding webcam sightings mean the register is yet to include a entry in 2023.
He now believes the sheer scale of the previously dark shape in the water could officially support the “Nessie” theory.
Mr Payne, a shop worker from Newport, Wales, said: ‘I was looking out the window at the scenery and this huge thing just appeared out of nowhere’
According to Britannica, the first written record of a monster in Loch Ness appeared in a 7th century biography
Much ‘evidence’ has emerged over the years to support the existence of a creature in the loch, although it has mostly been discredited