A schoolgirl on holiday with her parents has taken “the best picture of the Loch Ness Monster in years” after snapping the mythical creature with her iPhone.
Charlotte Robinson from Leeds, who was staying at Loch Ness Highland Lodges, was stunned when “Nessie” popped up just off the shoreline.
“There was something in the water about 50 feet from the shore. I took a photo. It had a neck and head in the shape of a hook,” said Charlotte. “I just took what I saw. It was black. I just don’t know how far it was out of the water. I’m not good at judging distances.”
Miss Robinson was on holiday with her mother Kat, 41, a business data analyst, and father Dave, 52, a factory worker.
Ironically, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson had stayed at the same vacation spot some 16 years prior, but had not been back since that time.
“We never saw anything like that before,” said Kat Robinson. “I don’t know that I even believed in things like this before Charlotte took the picture.”
It was at around seven in the evening when the junior high school student saw the creature and captured it on her smartphone.
“Charlotte told me that she had taken a photo of a creature in the loch and I said ‘right, sure you have,” said Mrs. Robinson. “I really just thought she was pulling my leg.”
For weeks, Charlotte went on about seeing the Loch Ness Monster.
“But when I saw the picture, I couldn’t believe it. Something’s there. With all the sightings over the years, there must be something in the loch,” added Mrs. Robinson.
And Charlotte’s mother was right…
The First Modern Sighting Was Over Eighty-Five Years Ago…
In Scottish folklore, the Loch Ness Monster is a creature said to inhabit a lake in the Scottish Highlands.
It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water.
Brought to worldwide attention in 1933, evidence of its existence has been anecdotal up until this point, with a few disputed photographs and sonar readings.
Modern interest in the monster was sparked when George Spicer and his wife saw “a most extraordinary form of animal” cross the road in front of their car in the 1930s.
They described the creature as having a large body and a long, wavy, narrow neck, slightly thicker than an elephant’s trunk.
According to the Spicers, the creature lurched across the road towards the loch 20 yards away, leaving a trail of broken undergrowth in its wake.
Many in the the scientific community regard the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking, and the misidentification of mundane objects.
But tell that to Charlotte Robinson and her photograph…
Dumfounded Charlotte Snaps Her Awesome Picture
According to Charlotte, “Nessie” surfaced for about a minute before re-surfacing about ten feet further away some seven minutes later.
Robinson, who had been on vacation for less than a day when she made the sighting, was caught off guard by the phenomenon in the water.
“I should have got to my smartphone sooner,” she said. “But I was really just so shocked by what I was seeing, I didn’t know what to do. It was like seeing Jurassic World right in front of my eyes. It was a like a dinosaur.”
But soon after the creature made its reappearance, it slinked back under the water and was gone.
“It was up for less than a minute the second time,” Charlotte added. “I kinda believed in Nessie before, but I wanted to see the proof. I always imagined her as having a long neck and flippers, and I was right.”
But what do the experts have to say about Charlotte’s account and her photograph?
A Loch Ness Monster Expert Offers His Opinion
For the past 27 years, “Nessie” expert Steve Feltham has dedicated his life to solving the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.
By his own account, he was astonished by the image.
“I am totally excited by this photograph. It’s the best of ‘Nessie’ in years,” said Mr. Feltham.
Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous monster hunting vigil of Loch Ness, Feltham has made a career out of investigating “Nessie” sightings.
“There is clearly a solid object in the picture and it is relatively clear,” he said. “It warrants further study.”
There may be a mundane explanation such as a seal, but there have been “no reports of any seals or otters this year” in the loch.
Mr. Feltham, who lives on the shores of Loch Ness at Dores, added: “This is just the image we have been waiting on. Congratulations Charlotte!”
But what about all the other sightings of the Loch Ness Monster? Charlotte’s sensational encounter isn’t the only time “Nessie” has been seen this year…
There Are Many Excellent Sightings on Record
There have been four official sightings this year of the Loch Ness Monster.
The last previous glimpse of “Nessie” occurred on August 5th when another family was vacationing in the area. Coincidentally, they’re also from Leeds!
After traveling from Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus, they looked out at the loch and spotted a strange looking lump on the surface of the water.
Initially, the lump was “very still and quiet at the time.”
“It looked dark brown in color and sort of like an upturned boat,” the father said.
Unfortunately, because they were driving and couldn’t pull over, the family didn’t manage to get any pictures.
But not everyone accepts the traditional explanation for the strange phenomena occurring at Loch Ness.
In fact, Professor Neil Gemmell thinks he will soon be able to explain all of the Loch Ness Monster sightings with his unique research project…
Not Everyone Is So Sure About Nessie
Professor Neil Gemmell, a New Zealand scientist, says he does not believe in “Nessie,” but is confident his research team will find a simple, biological explanation for the sightings at Loch Ness.
Gemmell, who teaches biology at New Zealand’s University of Otago, said a “living creature already on the books” will probably be found to explain some of the stories about the Loch Ness Monster.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if we solved the mystery during our investigation,” he said. “Is there anything else, perhaps something unusual, like a giant catfish, sturgeon or eel in the Loch Ness? We are going to find out.”
The results of Gemmell’s project to canvass the Loch Ness are expected in early 2019.
Gemmell’s endeavor comes at a time when interest in the Loch Ness Monster is at an all-time high.
According to Google, there are around 200,000 searches each month for the Loch Ness Monster, and around 120,000 for information and accommodations close to Loch Ness.
The monster mystery is said to be worth millions of dollars in tourist revenue to the region.
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