Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 5th, 2009
Editorially, I feel I have correctly entitled this bit of breaking news with the headline above. As far as I am concerned, there is no definite proof or even claim that what is visible in this photographic image is a Nessie or one of the Loch Ness Monsters.
What it is, right now, is an image from Loch Ness, allegedly.
Beyond that, what is it?
Mystery over new ‘Nessie’ sighting
By Donald Wilson
Published: 05 February, 2009
A couple enjoying a romantic weekend in the Highlands believe they may have had a close encounter with the Loch Ness Monster.
Experts are now investigating this latest photograph, which was taken by accident, to establish if it is in fact the Loch’s most famous resident.
Ian Monckton, from Solihull, took his fiance Tracey Gordon to a cottage in Invermoriston on the shores of the loch to celebrate her 30th birthday.
On their way back to the village at about 11pm they pulled into a lay-by. The driver’s window was wound down and before the couple stopped their car they heard a commotion in the water.
Using the car headlights and the flash from his camera to check their footing on the rocky shores of the loch, data analyst Ian unwittingly recorded this picture which he hopes could be the elusive monster.
“There is clearly a very large shape in the water that looks aquatic a few metres out from where I was standing and you just see the tips of the trees lower down the slope to the loch in the photo,” said Ian who has passed the picture to naturalist Adrian Shine of the Loch Ness Project to get his expert opinion.
“Myself and Tracey were always quite sceptical about Nessie but after having had this experience I would say we now have a very open mind on the matter.
“It was the highlight of our trip. We’ll definitely be back and we are struggling to get an explanation for what we caught on camera.”
Ian said the pictures were taken from a small cliff overlooking the loch. But it was only when they got back to their country retreat and checked the images they realised they significance of the what they had on their digital camera.
Ian said it was his first visit to Loch Ness and the weather was reasonably clear with only a light breeze.
“We decided to get away for a few days to celebrate Tracey’s birthday and because it was off season we headed up to Drumnadrochit for a meal.
“On our way back to Invermoriston we stopped off at Urquhart Castle to take a few photos, but the lights that illuminate the castle were turned off, so there were no photo opportunities there.
“Then we pulled over at a parking point to let a car pass, as my fiancé doesn’t drive as fast as the locals in the dark.
“I had the passenger window open as I was smoking at the time and as we pulled into the lay-by there was an rustling and a splash. It sounded as if a Mini had landed in the water. That’s how loud it was.
Thanks to Richard Hendricks.