Schoolgirl Captures 'Best Picture Of Loch Ness Monster In Years'
The Loch Ness monster is one of those things, like Lord Lucan, Shergar and Jose Mourinho's dignity, that is rumoured to exist, but hasn't actually been seen in years.
Just because it probably doesn't exist doesn't stop people seeing it, of course, and one Leeds schoolgirl claims to have snapped a photo of Nessie in action in the Scottish loch.
Charlotte Robinson, 12, was on a holiday at Loch Ness Highland Lodges in Invermoriston, right next to the lake, when she took a photo of the water that does, admittedly, seem to have a Nessie-like creature in it.
She says that the sea monster came to the surface, went back under and then surfaced again about ten feet further away from her.
"There was something in the water about 50 feet from the shore," she told the MailOnline. "I took a photo. It had a neck and head was in the shape of a hook.
"I just took what I saw. It was black - I just don't know how far it was out of the water. I'm not good at judging distances.
"But after about a minute it disappeared and then came back up again in a different place. It was up for less than a minute the second time.
"I kinda believed in Nessie, but I wanted to see the proof. I always imagined her as having a long neck and flippers.
"I have seen something but I'm not sure what."
Charlotte was staying with her parents Kat, 41, and Dave, 52. They backed up their daughter, with mum Kat telling media about how much their daughter had been looking forwards to searching for the monster.
"Charlotte said she had taken a photo of a creature in the loch and I said 'right, sure you have'," said her mum, a business intelligence data analyst.
"For weeks she's been going on about seeing the Loch Ness Monster. But when I saw the picture, I couldn't believe it. Something's there. With all the sightings over the years there must be something in the loch."
The experts agree with the Robinsons. Steve Feltham, a Nessie searcher recognised having as the world's longest continuous monster-hunting vigil at the loch, said it was among the most credible seen in years.
"I am totally excited by this photograph - it is the best of 'Nessie' in years," said Feltham.
"There is clearly a solid object in it and it is relatively clear. It warrants further study.
"There may be a mundane explanation such as a seal, but I have not heard of a seal in the loch this year. For my money it is larger than a seal or an otter. It is a fantastic picture by Charlotte."
"This is just the image we have been waiting for - for years. Congratulations Charlotte. I am totally excited by it."
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