Loch Ness Monster sightings though history as footage shows first 2022 sighting

The mysterious Loch Ness Monster has been thought to inhabit Scotland's most famous loch for as long as the sixth century AD.

One of the first recorded modern sightings of the beast was in May 1933, after which there have been hundreds of supposed sightings of Nessie over the years.

Veteran spotter Eoin O'Faodhagain has made the official sighting of the monster of 2022 via a webcam, after three months of no official sightings.

With many making it their life's mission to record proof of the fantastical creature's existence, here are five of the best sightings of the Loch Ness Monsters throughout the years.

Amateur photographer David Elder

Amateur photographer David Elder believes he caught Nessie on camera back in August 2013.

Elder, of East Kilbride, said: "Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of a black area of water about 15ft long which developed into a kind of bow wave."

He claimed that the water seemed to going over something and making a wave.

Things That Happen

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A clip from the first of a series of films called Things That Happen, from the National Library of Scotland, claims to be the first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, which was actually filmed.

In the 32-second film – from 1936 – a black and white shot shows something that appears to be a moving shape under the water.

NHS consultant Dipak Ram

Dipak Ram, a NHS consultant, said he spotted a dark shadow – which he initially assumed was just a wave – in the waters near Dores beach in September 2018.

The 33-year-old explained that upon further inspection he found the shadow was actually a "stationary object" in the water.

He said: "When I zoomed in using my camera phone, it became much more apparent that the stationary object was indeed Nessie's hump or long neck."

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Mr Ram continued that the shadow disappeared down into the water after 30 to 35 seconds, but said "we didn't film it as we were in shock".

Tourist Steve Challice

A tourist from Southampton, Steve Challice, was on holiday to Scotland with his brother in September 2020 when he spotted what he thought looked like a fish on a visit to Urquhart Castle, located on the banks of the famous loch.

He said: "I started taking a couple of shots and then this big fish came to the surface and then went back down again."

The creature appeared only in one shot and wasn't seen again, but Challice estimated that it was around eight feet long.

Ronald Mackenzie, director of Cruise Loch Ness

A sonar image captured by Cruise Loch Ness director Ronald Mackenzie in 2020 – someone who has been on the loch since he was a teenager – is one of the most significant pieces of evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

The image caught with the latest sonar tech shows a huge white shape thought to be 33ft long, as deep as 500ft below the loch's surface.

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Ronald explained: "It was right in the middle of the loch at about 170m (558ft) down. It was big – at least 10m (33ft). The contact lasted 10 seconds while we passed over."

Despite having spent a large part of his life on the loch, Ronald admitted "I have never seen anything like it."

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