The story of the Loch Ness monster is said to date back to 565 CE when the Irish monk and missionary Columba was said to have saved the Picts from a mysterious creature living in the River Ness. The modern stories of the monster who came to be known as Nessie began in 1933 with an article in the Inverness Courier about a "beast" or "whale-like fish" In the loch. The famous "surgeon's photograph" of a long-necked creature published in the Daily Mail in 1934 made the Loch Ness monster an international sensation, where it remains despite the fact that the photo was admittedly a hoax. One thing these stories, photos, radar images and virtually all the other Loch Ness monster sightings have in common is that they show one and only one creature. How has a single creature survived in Loch Ness for centuries? Is it immortal? Where are the rest of them?
Someone who may have an answer, or at least has changed the thinking about the Loch Ness monster, is Eoin O'Faodhagain – a Nessie hunter whose many sightings have all come via 24/7 webcams pointed at the loch, which he watches from his home in Ireland. O'Faodhagain recently reported the first belated sighting of the creature in 2023 – a disturbance and wake on the surface of the loch that his experienced eye deemed too big and “agitated” to be a fish. While waiting for that sighting to be approved by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, O'Faodhagain kept looking at the webcam feeds and spotted something that just might change everything … footage that appears to show two creatures in the water at the same time and moving in opposite directions. Friends? Lovers? Parent and child? Something else?
“My reaction was I couldn't believe what I was viewing, and it all happened so fast. In the first video clip, something moves on the surface for a couple of seconds then you see two shadowy wakes moving in two lines under the surface. It probably moves left like this for about 15 feet then it is gone."
This is O'Faodhagain’s description (as told in The Mirror) of what he saw in a video of the loch on February 23, 2023. While he notes that he and those viewing the video (see it for yourself here) can see “two shadowy wakes moving in two lines under the surface,” he does not call this two creatures … he instead refers to it as “it” when describing the direction it moves before disappearing.
“You may not see a body, but there’s definite movement in the water that cannot be explained by natural occurrences. But nobody will ever know what the true size is hidden under the water, to cause such a wake in the first place. Something is causing these wakes, that we are not seeing.”
Again, O'Faodhagain seems to be referring to one creature in the February 23rd video. That sighting has not been approved by The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register because those actually traveling to the loch and making a concerted effort and time commitment to look for Nessie tired of O'Faodhagain and others getting credit for “wakes” on videos. As a result, although he lays claim to the “first Loch Ness monster sighting of 2023,” it’s not official. While he awaits word from the Register, O'Faodhagain continued to scan the cams for more things that look like a creature. On March 1, he hit paydirt.
"It is obvious that the two Nessie-like humps are moving over a two-minute period, and the larger hump of the two has changed position from the smaller one. Given the fact that there is no disturbance of water visible between objects you would have to concur they are two separate moving creatures."
What O'Faodhagain claims he saw in the March 1 web cam feed is a long dark object beneath the surface whose shadowing image he estimated to be up to 30 feet long. As he continued to watch the feed, he claims that an hour later he saw two humps surface near where he saw the wake. (Watch it here with screen shots.) He says they are moving apart during the two-minute clip and the lack of anything in the water between them convinced him these are two creatures or objects – not the multi-humped neck and body often seen in other photos or videos.
"What animal could be that long? What is strikingly obvious about sightings at Loch Ness, is that eyewitnesses could be viewing two different creatures coexisting in the one lake. What the other creature is could be completely unknown. What we do know is there are a hell of a lot of eels in Loch Ness, having the odd rogue giant one is not beyond the realm of reality."
Wait a minute! Did Eoin O'Faodhagain just say he thinks it is possible that Nessie – or at least one of the humps he saw – could be a giant eel? That theory has dominated the Nessie news ever since DNA researchers scoured the loch for samples and identified every single one – meaning no oddball Nessie DNA. The researchers concluded that what people are thinking is a monster is actually a mutant eel – even though Loch Ness eels rarely reach five feet in length. Don’t worry, Nessie fans - O'Faodhagain explains what he really means.
"This is only my opinion - of Nessie being two different creatures - hence the abundance of different descriptions we have for her."
So what is he claiming – are there two Nessies or a Nessie and a giant eel? Or many of both? Or something else? One headline refers to the second hump as Nessie’s “evil twin.” Are we getting a bit too TV soap opera-ish at Loch Ness? There are many who see these and other videos and photos as logs, boat wakes, waterfowl, porpoises, shadows and other natural phenomena misconstrued by wanna-believers and those with a financial stake in propagating the myth of the Loch Ness monster. And that reference to “the” Loch Ness monster brings us back to the original question – why are there no photos, videos, radar images or accounts of two or more Loch Ness monsters? Could it be that the first story about Columba and the early accounts, drawings and photos – including the “surgeon’s photo” – all show or refer to a single creature … and the power of suggestion has branded it into our collective mindset that there is only one “the” Loch Ness monster?
Take a look at O'Faodhagain’s video and photos again. Are you ready to start referring to “the Loch Ness monsters” in plural? This writer plans to wait for more ‘evidence’.