The Loch Ness Monster has apparently been spotted again – this time by a “shocked” bloke who was taking a boat trip on the famous expanse of water.
Steve Valentine was with his wife Maria and their kids on a holiday in Scotland when he caught a glimpse of what he described as a “black shape”.
And even the captain of the boat they were on was “taken aback” by the snap Steve managed to get on his phone – and he urged Steve to lodge the incident as an official sighting of Nessie.
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Steve, 44, from Greater Manchester, said: “We were just on the way back to the dock and it was quite a calm day. There was nothing else on the surface of the water.
“All of a sudden I saw this black shape. It was a bit of a distance away, about 200 metres, near Urquhart Castle.
“It looked like the hump of the body and the back of the head. I showed the photo to the driver and he was quite taken aback.”
Steve’s photo, which he took last Thursday (August 17), was recorded on the Official Register of Loch Ness Monster Sightings. The register has been run by expert Gary Campbell since 1996.
Each year it grows as more people insist they’ve caught site of the legendary monster – and Steve’s sighting is the fourth to be added this year.
In June, Etienne Camel and his wife Eliane, from France, reported a 65ft dark shape moving below the surface.
The previous month, a US tourist claimed a sighting. And in April, Francesca McGarvey, from Paisley, Scotland, said she saw humps in the loch, which is more than 750ft deep.
The latest sighting of Nessie comes just as the largest hunt for the monster to date gets under way.
The hi-tech search will include drones with infrared cameras and underwater cameras, but organisers want the public to join in by scanning the water.
Alan McKenna, of the Loch Ness Exploration research team, said: “It’s our hope to inspire a new generation of Loch Ness enthusiasts.
“By joining this large-scale surface watch, you will have a real opportunity to personally contribute towards this fascinating mystery that has captivated so many people from around the world.”
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