May 12, 2017 I Brett Tingley

New Loch Ness Monster Footage Stirs Debate

I saw it quite far across the Loch near the castle, but by the time I stopped the van, It was very close and other people stopped to take photos too. Sadly I don’t believe in monsters, but would love to know what it was.

Right there with you, pal. That quote comes from Rob Jones, a Welshman who has been credited with the second official Loch Ness monster sighting of 2017. Jones' new video released by The Scotsman purports to show yet another recent sighting of the long-necked denizen of Loch Ness as it swims alongside a boat.

Nessie made worldwide headlines earlier this year after the cryptid’s official record keeper Gary Campbell declared the mystery beast/log was “missing.” Luckily, the world’s most poorly photographed creature seemingly ‘returned’ just a few weeks later when an official sighting was recorded on May 1st, the first in nine months. This latest video is said to have been shot on the morning of May 7th and like the last sighting does indeed show... well, something sticking out of the frigid waters of the loch as a boat passes nearby. 

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Mystery creature, or log? You decide.

Naturally, YouTube commenters were less than impressed. One wrote: “Just a piece of wood or something. It doesn't move in any way even when a boat is right next to it,” while another noticed that “the guy on the boat was closest and had the best view and ignored it completely. so we can assume he could tell what it really was and ignored it.” They do have a point - the boat seems to ignore the large object sticking up out of the water directly beside it. If that object had happened to be a large Plesiosaur head peering about, the boat would have likely paid more attention to it.

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Whatever is in the video, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous "surgeon's photograph" which was eventually admitted to being a hoax.

Of course, maybe the people aboard the boat didn’t notice. Funny things happen on boats. Plus, the...well...thing coming out of the water doesn’t seem to react to the boat, either. If it was a large creature, wouldn’t it have changed speed or direction in response to the boat? Who knows. Maybe Nessie has gotten used to boats by now. Maybe it’s just a dumb log. One thing’s for sure: Loch Ness is gonna have a great tourist season.

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Come on in tourists, the water's just fine.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains.

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