A Loch Ness Monster expert has revealed the photograph he believes to be the most credible after looking into more than 1,000 sightings.
Gary Campbell has run the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register for more than 25-years and in that time, as you can imagine, he’s seen hundreds of 'sightings' - as well as a few fakes and hoaxes.
In total the site has collated a whopping 1,143 sightings (at the time of writing) with six sightings logged this year alone.
Speaking to LADbible, Gary, a chartered accountant, said: “In 1996 I saw something in Loch Ness - up to that point I had no real interest in the Loch Ness Monster at all. I thought it was a nice tourist thing and that was that. But I have spent the last 20 years trying to explain it."
However, after being unable to find anywhere to log his sighing Gary and his wife struck upon the idea of setting up a register, which is the same one that’s still running today. You can check it out here - if you fancy.
The Official Loch Ness Monster Sighting Register will only include a sighting if it can’t be explained away by anything else.
And when it comes to the most credible sighting, Gary reckons there’s one photo that really can’t be overlooked.
Check it out:
OK, so I won’t lie to you guys - to my eye, this doesn’t look like much, but Gary explains: “One of the best sightings ever, was in 1997 a chap called Richard White took a series of ten photographs of something coming out of the water and going back in again.
“He was working as a delivery driver and he said he came around the corner and saw this thing - a disturbance in the water - so he got out and he looked.
“He took this series of ten photographs of this pillar-like object coming up and out of the water and back in again. It is completely inexplicable.”
However, As for what the creature is, well more than two decades on from his own sighting Gary remains fairly open-minded.
“You’ve got the whole spectrum of theories - is it a ghost, an alien, portal into another dimension?” Gary said. “Right through to the other end, is it a fish?
“It’s unlikely to be a ghost, a portal into another dimension or aliens - never say never but if you want a factual explanation it’s unlikely.
“It's not a dinosaur that’s survived, it's just not possible because Loch Ness was a block of ice 10,000 years ago so something could not have lived through that time.”
Not a whacking great monster then, no? “The practical explanation is that it’s some sort of fish or eel - probably some sort of unknown species,” Gary said. “You’ll only ever get an answer when we get a carcass - but we don’t want Nessie to be dead."
Fair enough - the truth is out there, guys.
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