By: Jocelyn LeBlanc …..
There were two more Loch Ness Monster sightings in recent days including one captured on sonar. The first sighting occurred at 10:51 AM on August 22nd when Eoin O’Faodhagain spotted something strange in the water while watching the Live Webcam.
He noticed two solid black shapes that moved across the screen before disappearing (they appeared on the right side of the screen and moved towards a stationary cruiser on the left side). It’s important to mention that a small motor boat did travel through the water near the shoreline towards the stationary boat a few minutes prior to the alleged sighting, although it is not believed that it had anything to do with the mysterious shapes in the water as O’Faodhagain noted, “I recorded the images and after they disappeared kept recording for a further 30 seconds to show that they were not surface vessels. They were completely gone.”
So, was the sighting nothing more than an after-effect from the motor boat or did O’Faodhagain spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster? This is his fourth webcam sighting of the creature so far this year (the first three were recorded on January 19th, January 22nd, and March 12th) so he should know what he’s looking for. You can decide for yourself as the video of the webcam sighting can be seen on YouTube and a still photo has been posted on The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
As for the other recent sighting, it was caught on sonar on August 26th. Benjamin Scanlon and his family were on vacation when they decided to board the “Nessie Hunter” of Loch Ness Cruises. While he was on the boat, he noticed something strange on the vessel’s sonar and decided to take a picture of it. According to the boat’s Captain Mike, the sonar showed a shape that was estimated to have been between 3 and 4 meters long (9.8 to 13.1 feet). The boat was traveling through water that was approximately 40 meters in depth (131 feet) and the sonar image picked up the mysterious shape at around 20 meters deep (65.6 feet).
A picture of the sonar image can be seen here.
So far this year, there have been a total of 13 sightings (8 on the webcam and 5 in person) but they are now listed separately on the register. Gary Campbell, who runs the register, explained that the sightings that occur on the webcam definitely aren’t as good as in person photos as they are less clear. “Given they are still ‘unexplained’ though, we decided that from 2021 onwards, such images would be listed separately from those that are reported by people who saw something while physically at the loch,” he stated, adding, “This, we feel, more properly gives 21st Century tech its place in the history of Loch Ness.”
All 13 of this year’s sightings as well as previous years can be viewed on the register.