May 02, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Fourth 2022 Loch Ness Monster Sighting Video Shows 30 Feet of Something with Humps

‘Something With Humps’ sounds like a great name for a rock band, but to those who watch a certain loch in Scotland, it’s cause for celebrating the fourth (or maybe fifth or third) Loch Ness monster sighting of 2022. While some are describing it as the “best footage in 20 years,” others who view the video aren’t quite so sure.

"I really don’t know what it was in the water. It was something large... It was propelling itself with something. It wasn’t how a fish would do it."

According to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, an anonymous couple staying at a cottage near the prime Nessie viewing spot of Urquhart Castle claim they saw something alive in the water about 150 yards from the shore at 6:16 am and took a 2-and-a-half-minute video of it. The woman thought she saw a fin beneath the surface and the thing  "rushed forward and turned around."

A Loch Ness monster sigthing from the monster's POV? 

"They took a video which was later examined by a local photographic and video expert who said that what they captured was clearly animate, came out of the water before going back in again. And then out once more and was definitely larger than, for example, the bird life in the loch."

The “local photographic and video expert” is also unidentified, but Gary Campbell, who runs the official sightings register, told the Daily Mail he was impressed.

“In terms of video evidence, there’s been two or three really good videos in the past but this is certainly up there with the best of them. When something like this comes along which is genuinely inexplicable then it is great.”

Campbell has seen them all and compares this video (watch it here) to a three-and-a-half minute clip of another possible monster taken in August 2000.  Apparently, length – of video and monster – counts in such sightings, so 2-and-a-half-minutes above the surface while showing multiple ‘humps’ signifying length makes this one impressive to some … especially since it appears to leave a visible wake behind it.

“They’re nothing more than unidentifiable specks on the water and there’s no indication that we’re seeing something that’s especially large or unusual in shape. Based on how boats look from the same approximate location and distance, the objects must be small – I estimate less than 50cm long.”

Among the unimpressed is Dr. Darren Naish, a zoologist and author of Hunting Monsters, who told the Daily Mail the distance prohibited any exact measurements but he has seen boats at that spot and estimated these objects to be about a foot-and-a-half (50 cm) long – or around the size of what he thinks they are … ducks.

Could YOU tell the difference? 

Take another look at the video. What do you think? Should this video have been added to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register in a year that has seen the list hit with controversy? In 2022, not only does length of monster and video matter but also location … not of the ‘monster’ but of the viewer. The Loch Ness webcam has come under so much scrutiny because one Irish man has reported so many sightings while watching it that Campbell has set up a separate location for webcam reports. Then the first webcam sighting of 2022 bounced on, off, on again and off again from the list as two paddleboarders who were on the loch at the time said it was them.

The Loch Ness monster is too valuable to Inverness businesses to let controversies like these interfere with the money-making tourism it generates. Unfortunately, they are slowly pushing the legend to a place where it could become known as the Loch Ness Genuinely Inexplicable Something with Humps.

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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