Apr 01, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Loch Ness Monster Fans Rejoice – First Nessie Sighting of 2022

Fear not, Nessie fans and Scottish businesses dependent on the Loch Ness monster for $59 million in business annually – your sugar-daddy cryptid is back! After three tense months of no sightings of the elusive creature, a man spotted something on the 24-by-7 Nessie cam that was accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Register as an ‘official Loch Ness monster’ sighting. The unwritten rule is: if it makes the log, it’s not a log. Or is it?

Photo of spotter taken by Nessie?

“It involves two unexplained objects moving parallel to each other across the middle of the screen. After one minute and 44 seconds they disappear, and, a minute and a half later, one of the two objects reappears briefly.”

The Inverness Courier has a video and a magnified closeup of an extremely blurry but still squinting visible image of two dark lines seemingly moving across Loch Ness. For those who need help, The Daily Star conveniently circled the lines in red. The spotter is none other than the Irish Nessie-cam watcher Eoin O'Faodhagain, who has a double-digit list of video sightings – so many that Gary Campell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Register was forced to set up a separate webcam category mostly for him. O'Faodhagain saw the lines on March 23rd, posted the video on his YouTube page and submitted them to Campell for approval. While the Inverness Courier reports that Campbell accepted this as the first webcam Nessie sighting of 2022, his site doesn’t seem to have it listed as of this writing. Here are his comments from The Inverness Courier:

“He noticed wake-like movements involving two objects moving parallel to each other at a distance of about 150 yards, across the middle of the webcam, at 15.26pm. Two black shapes were visible for one minute and 44 seconds, then nothing was seen until another minute and a half when one solid black shape appeared briefly in the same line across the Loch where the two shapes were heading. The weather is quite good and calm as you can see from the clips.”

Campbell only accepts sightings he can’t explain such as logs, fish, seals or other conventional means, so this one qualifies. That doesn’t stop the critics on O'Faodhagain’s YouTube page, who just see logs or something else. He advises them to look closer:

“The more northerly object takes a sharp turn to the left leaving an unusual wake, you would have to rule out a log or debris, and it is not consistent of a seal to react in such a manner."

There you go, skeptics. He’s not saying it’s the Loch Ness Monster, but … it’s something that’s a relief to local businesses who are already worried about a big political battle over their moneymaker because of a plan to teach the history of the monster’s sightings in social studies class. Some see this as another British ploy to depict Scots as backwards, monster-loving people who aren’t capable of self-governing. Really! This issue is nonetheless critical because all things Nessie – tours, hotels, restaurants, souvenirs, etc. – amounts to $59 million in annual tourism business.

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What do you think -- did Eoin O'Faodhagain see one or two Loch Ness monsters … or one or two logs … or one or two anomalies in the camera?

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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