The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most notorious cryptids ever, having been the subject of endless sightings, stories, and supposed photographs. While the creature has, like many other cryptids, never quite been officially discovered or scientifically proven – that hasn’t stopped believers in the Loch Ness Monster to stop believing. In fact, several new photos have recently surfaced – giving quite a great view of what could in fact be the Loch Ness Monster, otherwise nicknamed Nessie.
As you can see in the photos, which are being claimed by some as “the best picture ever” taken of the mysterious aquatic creature, there does indeed appear to be some massive animal swimming in the water of Loch Ness. The photograph was caught on camera by a tourist named Steve Challice who was vacationing in Scotland at the time.
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Steve Challice took the photo after he noticed a ripple in the water as he was standing across from Urquhart Castle. According to him, the ripple in the water appeared to have been created by some kind of animal – one which he believes to be some kind of fish, at least eight feet long.
According to Challice, while speaking with The Daily Record, he initially only assumed the ripple was caused by some kind of catfish. He merely posted the pictures online while looking for help identifying the supposed creature, and it was then that people began suggesting it could in fact be the Loch Ness Monster.
As explained by Steve Challice:
“In my opinion (and I’m no expert) I think it’s a large fish that got into the Loch from the sea.
“As to what it is personally, I think it’s a cat fish or something like that but a big one.
“Someone suggested it may be a sturgeon.
“It’s very large as the bit you can see must be at least 8-foot-long and who can tell what amount is below the surface.
“The water is very dark in Loch Ness so it’s hard to tell. I saw a disturbance in the water in front of me and took an image, then a second one and suddenly this fish came out of the water and I got an image of it.
“It was gone almost instantly so much so I wasn’t sure if I had got it or not.
“I guess it was something of a fluke shot.
“I waited about for a bit and took another image but didn’t see the fish again.”
While it might not be positive proof that the Loch Ness Monster exists, the photos certainly do add extra hope for Nessie believers that there might indeed be something prehistoric living in the Loch. Of course, others are criticizing the validity of the photos – suggesting that they might’ve been the result of photo editing. But considering Challice is sticking to his story that he truly believes the creature to simply be a fish – it seems reasonable that he didn’t edit the photos. But who will know for sure? Perhaps it’ll remain a mystery much like the greater legends of Nessie.