Footage has people wondering if Loch Ness Monster has left Scotland
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A recent alleged sighting of the Loch Ness Monster has people wondering whether the legendary creature has decided to take a holiday.
Judge the video for yourself:
With a new year comes a new twist, as Nessie might have been potentially spotted very far away from home, not in her usual location in the Scottish Highlands.
New footage has been shared on social media of a mysterious underwater creature just off the coast of Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.
Chasin Tails Outdoors Bait and Tackle - an outdoor equipment shop - took to Facebook to share the footage.
The caption reads: "Something you don’t see everyday…. WHALES or the LOCK NESS MONSTER in the Port this morning, never seen one inside the inlet like this!
"Video was taking by Capt. Griffiee one of shop Charter Captains heading out!"
Followers of the shop have since flooded to the social media post in excitement over the mysterious sighting.
One commented: "..now THAT is STRANGER. ODD looking head for sure."
"Scary sight! I do wish I had seen it though," another wrote.
However, many were quick to suggest alternative - and dare I say more believable - suggestions of what the mysterious underwater creature could be.
"The more I look at it, the more I think it is a large gator," one wrote.
A second suggested: "Definitely baby whale. Swimming pattern is weird because it’s listing onto its left side. I originally thought shallow water but with a boat there it’s more than likely that it’s in distress and is struggling to stay upright."
While a third commented: "Gator does not move like that. Not does a whale. It's large breed of seal , probably sea lion or something like that."
Others took the chance to poke a bit of fun at the idea that the mythical creature might have stopped by.
One person said: "I'm goin' with Nessy come for a visit. LOL."
"Nessie needs a break too from those frigid Scottish waters," another wrote.
And a third responded: "Definitely a Loch Ness monster. I saw two the same day I saw Bigfoot walking a black panther on a leash."
Although, one user didn't believe any of the suggestions provided by commenters.
They resolved: "No way it is any of the animals mentioned, including a 'baby whale' or alligator. Its motion is too graceful, it has protrusions on head and a long feather-like flipper in the rear.
"I honestly don't know of any sea creature that fits that description. Just hope no one tries to harm it."
I guess there's just some things we'll never know.