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It’s either a 30′ glitch, or…

Loch Ness, Scotland, the alleged home of Nessie Credit: Paste/Wikipedia/Public Domain

On the lighter side, the captain of a boat, that is part of the fleet owned by Cruise Loch Ness, claims to have picked up a sonar image of a 30′ long shape at about 500′ underwater while cruising the famed Scottish loch.

Of course, Loch Ness is reportedly home to Nessie, a large sea monster that inhabits the deep Loch (788 feet or 240 meters at its deepest point). Many of the alleged sightings describe Nessie as having an elongated neck and lumps on its body.

The Daily Mail provides more details on the latest sighting:

A sonar has detected a mystery 30ft long shape 500ft below the surface of Loch Ness – immediately sparking excited speculation from Nessie hunters.  

The ‘solid and pretty big’ sonar contact was picked up by a boat owned by Cruise Loch Ness. […]

The mass was picked up around 4pm on Wednesday when Ronald was skippering a boat with technology from two years ago, about six miles from Fort August.

The father-of-three added: ‘A sonar expert has looked at it and says it’s genuine. There is definitely something there.

Whether this is a glitch or real, there have been approximately 18 sightings of Nessie in 2019, the most since 1983. What’s real is the benefit Nessie is to the Scottish economy bringing in about £41 million annually.

Click on the story to see the sonar image. READ: Could this really be Nessie? Sonar detects mystery 30ft long shape 500ft below the surface of Loch Ness

The earliest sighting of Nessie may go back to 565 AD when Saint Columba, an Irish monk, reportedly came across a group of men burying a friend who had been killed by a sea monster while swimming in the connected River Ness. The men had unsuccessfully tried to save their friend with a boat.

The sighting that started the modern Nessie fascination was reported in the Iverness Courier on May 2, 1933. In an article entitled, “Strange Spectacle in Loch Ness,” writer Alex Campbell describes what Aldie Mackay and her husband saw:

“The creature disported itself, rolling and plunging for fully a minute, its body resembling that of a whale, and the water cascading and churning like a simmering cauldron. Soon, however, it disappeared in a boiling mass of foam. Both onlookers confessed that there was something uncanny about the whole thing, for they realised that here was no ordinary denizen of the depths, because, apart from its enormous size, the beast, in taking the final plunge, sent out waves that were big enough to have been caused by a passing steamer.”

READ: Report of strange spectacle on Loch Ness in 1933 leaves unanswered question – what was it?

Whether Nessie is real, faked or imagined, there have been hundreds of sighting of the famed monster over the last several decades.

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