Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 19th, 2012
Professional Nessie hunter still seeking beastie after 21 years – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In the Scottish Highlands is a mystery that has intrigued the world for generations: the Loch Ness monster; real or just a local fable, preserved to lure in the tourist dollar? One man, Nessie hunter Steve Feltham, is a believer – so much so he left his job, house, and girlfriend to dedicate his life to proving the creature’s existence. Steve Feltham lives in a caravan on the shore of Loch Ness, and makes clay figurines of Nessie to help fund his dream.
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Excerpts from the interview:
RACHAEL BROWN: What’s the most convincing evidence that you’ve seen or heard so far?
STEVE FELTHAM: Best thing was the end of last summer, there was a sonar contact in Urquhart Bay taken by Marcus Atkinson. He operates a fast boat on the loch taking tourists around, and he dropped the tourists at Urquhart Castle, then he waits in the bay there for 20 minutes, half an hour, whilst they have a walk around the castle.
And whilst he was there he was watching his echo sounder screen. He was in very deep water, but about 60 feet down, underneath the boat, something passed underneath the boat which the machine showed as five feet wide – so the height of a person wide, this thing.
You can’t tell how long that object is because he doesn’t know if it was going with the boat or against the boat.
RACHAEL BROWN: But is that how you imagine it? A big fat eel-like creature?
STEVE FELTHAM: Well, secretly I’m sort of more inclined to think we’re possibly looking for a big fish.
There’s a particular fish, the Wales catfish – biggest freshwater fish in the world – and they fit the description of what’s been going on here, so we don’t know. The jury’s out.