Apr 05, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Battle of Loch Ness Monster Sightings -- Onsite Witness Replaces Web-Cam Spotter as First of 2022

Pity the poor Loch Ness monster – 2022 has been a bad year for the beloved Scottish cryptid. First, it hadn’t been seen since last year, causing fans to fear something may have happened to it. Then it became the center of a political controversy involving the teaching of the history of the monster in Scottish schools as a way to make Scots appear backwards and not worthy of independence from the UK. Finally, what looked like some good news – two ‘monsters’ were spotted on the 24-7 webcam by the person who seems to spend much of his time watching it. However, two paddleboarders claimed that was them and it was removed from the Official Loch Ness Monster Register and replaced with the first of 2022 by a witness standing on the shore of Loch Ness. Feel sorry for Nessie now?

Monster or no monser - it's still a beautiful view

"I don’t want to rain on your parade pal, but not this time.”

Shortly after Eoin O'Faodhagain reported that two dark lines he saw in the Loch were two Nessies, offshore worker Richie Cameron, who also runs who runs Extreme Paddle Boarding Scotland, heard about it and recognized the time and description – between 12 pm and 4 pm on March 30th, around 14 ft. long and three or four foot tall out the water. That was the same time he and friend Stephen Noble were out on paddleboards in the general vicinity of the aim of the Nessie Cam. In fact, Cameron claims to LADBible he predicted they would be mistaken for the monster. O'Faodhagain was certain what he saw were not watercrafts.

“It is very hard to speculate, but I don't think they are surface vessels. They made no further impression on the water, after watching the webcam afterwards for another hour. So I have to believe they were a live creature of some sort.”

Unfortunately, the Official Loch Ness Monster Register agreed with the paddleboarders and took down the webcam sightings … leaving an opening for documentary filmmaker Jamie Huntley and friend Warren Speed, who photographed what they thought was Nessie and drew a supporting illustration. (Photo, illustration and report here.)

“The object/creature was reflecting the water so looked wet, almost like a whale skin crossed with a fish skin it was dark in colour darker than the water surrounding it, there were dark grey's, black, browns in colour, it almost looked like how a whale hump might look breaking the surface minus the fin, there was a definite movement but didn't see too much of the movement before trees obscured it, it was a very big size at least 15 foot long, maybe bigger, around the middle of the loch.”

Huntley estimated the ‘creature’ rose 7 feet out of the water and he estimated the length by comparing it to a speedboat that passed by soon after. Huntley and Speed were in the area researching their upcoming film on the monster and the life of the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley who lived at one time in Boleskine House near where they claim to have seen the monster. Just to show home much both Nessie and Crowley mean to the area monetarily, there’s another documentary team working on a film about the ‘real’ Alister Crowley and the long history of Boleskine House, and the controversy about the teaching of the monster's history in schools revealed that the monster and all things associated with it generate $59 million US in tourist revenue annually for the area. That’s not Nessie feed!

"These unidentifiable blobs and shadows that get reported from the webcam occasionally make it onto the register of sightings, and then get reported in the media, meaning people around the world will look at them and think that we all must be stupid for thinking that we have any kind of mystery here at all. I would much prefer that nothing from this webcam was added to the register until it gets a major upgrade."

We're all tired of getting fooled by logs and paddleboarders

One of those beneficiaries is Nessie expert Steve Feltham who has been living on the shore and hunted the monster for 31 years. He thinks the Nessie cam needs an upgrade because of the poor quality of these webcam ‘sightings’. Like the rest of Scots, he told The Daily Record doesn’t want non-Scots making him and his compatriots look “stupid.”

What do you think? Are either of the sightings the real Loch Ness monster in your humble opinion?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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