Last Updated on August 6, 2021 by MyGh.Online
A ninth recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster this year has been made with a tourist from Liverpool catching a brief glimpse.
Retired delivery driver Colin Veacock, 55, from Aintree, was scanning the Lock Ness with his binoculars near Urquhart Castle when he saw something in the water about two-thirds across.
Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, who has officially accepted the sighting on record said that Colin initially thought the unidentified swimming object was a “foot high and some five foot long”.
However he then later reassessed the size at “two foot high and ten to twelve feet long” instead, reports The Mirror.
Colin was even able to sketch out a photo what he saw which really helps to bring the sighting to life.
The eighth glimpse of Nessie was registered on July 19 by a man and his daughter, with Colin’s sighting coming just 11 days later on July 30.
Gary Cambell said: “They said a cruise boat had passed some 20 minutes earlier but that there was no boat activity at the time of the sighting.”
On June 2 a teenage visitor from Cambridge witnessed the seventh sighting of the year not far from where Colin did.
According to Gary he glimpsed Nessie for about two seconds and the described what he saw as looking like a “turtle’s back”.
All the other six sightings this year have been by the loch’s webcam.
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Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster last year reached 13.
In 2020 startling images of a large creature inhabiting the depths of Loch Ness were captured on sonar off Invermoriston by skipper Ronald Mackenzie aboard his Spirit of Loch Ness tourist boat.
Scientists had earlier claimed that they had solved the mystery and Nessie and she could possibly be a giant eel. It follows DNA analysis of living species in the freshwater loch.
Good news for Nessie believers and the Highland tourist industry is that the monster is said to be worth £41m to the region.
The official register has now logged 1139 sightings from records and other evidence stretching back through the centuries.