A father and daughter holidaying in the Highlands have made the eighth reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster this year.
The pair, from Chester, reported seeing water ripples and an ‘unidentified’ object in Loch Ness while hillwalking, reports Edinburgh Live.
According to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, Nessie sightings are on course to rise this year after the fabled prehistoric beast was spotted 13 times in 2020.
According to the latest entry, dated July 19: “A man and his daughter visiting from Chester reported seeing an unidentified movement in the Loch.
“They were hillwalking above Fort Augustus and made the sighting at 3.20pm.
“They said a cruise boat had passed some 20 minutes earlier but that there was no boat activity at the time of the sighting.”
Other sightings reported include one from a young man visiting from Cambridge who saw an unidentified creature while scanning the Loch with binoculars. He said a hump came up going against the waves, looking like a turtle’s back, black in colour with a green tinge to it.
Sighting of the plesiosaur date back to the 1500s, with the very first recorded in 565AD by St Columba who had travelled north to Inverness to convert what he considered to be heathen Picts to Christianity.
The story goes that a monster had attacked and killed a local man at the River Ness. When it tried to attack another, this time St Columba’s assistant, the beastie retired to the waters after being ‘told to stop’ by the missionary.
Nessie has gone on to have been spotted more than a thousand times since.
Last year, American Nessie enthusiast Kalynn Wangle claimed to have spied the beast on a live webcam feed from Loch Ness. Several sightings have been reported over the last few years by people sitting at their computers.
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