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A new photo showing a mysterious shape in Loch Ness has been declared as a fresh sighting of 'Nessie'.
Karen Scott was out with her partner at the famous loch when she spotted something in the water.
Quick-thinking Karen whipped out her camera and took several snaps of the figure, with the photos now recorded as a positive Nessie sighting by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
Karen, 54, said: "We were walking around Urquhart Castle sightseeing on a weekend away.
"I was just looking over the loch from the castle when I spotted something in the water.
"I initially thought it was a bird sitting on the water but my partner said it definitely wasn't.
"By the time I got my phone camera on it had slowly dipped under the water and then appeared again a short distance further away.
"That's when I took the photos. It then did the same thing again a couple of more times until it was much further away."
Karen's partner, who also saw the creature, reckons it was around the size of a 'very large seal'.
Karen added: "But when we spoke to the guides at the castle they said it was very rare for a seal to be this far up Loch Ness so I don't know what it was.
"I was quite excited, especially when I went onto the sightings website and found that there were similar pictures to mine."
Gary Campbell, who keeps the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said that 2020 had been an unexpectedly strong year for fresh Nessie reports despite the coronavirus decreasing the number of tourists visiting.
He said: "As with everyone else across the planet, 2020 has been a very different year at Loch Ness.
"The primary tourist attraction, Urquhart Castle, would normally welcome in excess of 500,000 visitors but, as you would imagine, numbers have been severely curtailed by the Covid crisis.
"However, there have still been a significant number of Nessie sightings throughout 2020."
Karen says she's not sure what she saw, but says if it was a seal, then it didn't move like one.
"It didn't dive under the water but slowly went down under," she said.
"It didn't bob about like a seal would do."
She also firmly believes that Nessie is out there.
"I do believe it exists but I'm not sure it's the same 'monster' from years ago," she said.
"Still, there is definitely something there that can't easily be explained."