August 6, 2012
Skipper Claims He Has Proof Loch Ness Monster Is Real
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
It´s a wonderful time in which we live, isn´t it?This weekend, for instance, people all over the world were able to switch from cheering on their local athletes in the Olympic Games in London to watching in wonder as NASA landed their Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, a significant triumph of modern technology.
Just as the world is becoming acutely aware of the future quickly approaching us, a piece of news lands which brings us back to those mystical and superstitious days of yore.
According to several UK news sites, such as the Guardian, The Mail Online and the Telegraph, one man is finally sharing pictures which he claims offer undeniable proof of Nessie´s existence.
Nessie, of course, is the Loch Ness monster, the famous mystical being said to dwell in the murky depths of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
George Edwards says he spends 60 hours a week on Loch Ness, taking tourists out on his boat and keeping his eyes peeled for evidence of the ancient monster. In his 26 years on the Scottish Lake, Edwards has led numerous quests to find Nessie.
This past November, Edwards ventured out onto the water for what he likely thought would be an average day on the lake.
“I was just about to return to Temple Pier (in Drumnadrochit) and I went to the back of the boat which was facing the pier and that´s when I saw it,” said Edwards, speaking to the Daily Mail.
“I´m convinced I was seeing Nessie as I believe in these creatures. Far too many people have being seeing them for far too long,” said Edwards.
"I hung around for a good half an hour and used the deep scanning sonar to try and pick it up, but I´m afraid I had no luck at all,” said Edwards.
The long-time Nessie hunter said he wanted to ensure the picture was accurate and not a photo of a log or another inanimate object in the water. Edwards said he used some connections to have the American Military verify that the object in the picture was of something animate, and not a floating piece of debris.
According to Edwards, the Military returned the pictures, saying they have “no doubt” that he had pictured something “animate” in the Loch Ness waters.
"I was really excited as I am sure that some strange creatures are lurking in the depths of Loch Ness,” said Edwards, speaking to his local newspaper.
Obviously, Edwards is a long-time believer in Nessie, saying this new photograph should prove that the monster isn´t a Sturgeon, a claim many doubters are now making as the large fish also has a serrated back like Nessie.
“The first recorded sighting was in 565AD and there have been thousands of eye witness reports since then. All these people can´t be telling lies. And the fact the reports stretch over so many years mean there can´t just be one of them. I´m convinced there are several monsters.”
Other Nessie hunters are also excited by this new Edwards photo. Steve Feltham, for instance, has been hunting the local monster for 21 years and says the new photo offers “unequivocal” evidence of Nessie´s existence.
“It is the best photograph I think I have ever seen,” said Feltham, speaking to the Daily Mail.
Not everyone believes in the legend of Nessie, of course.
American news source Fox News is running the headline “New Nessie photo hardly ℠proof´ of Loch Ness Monster,” and calls into question Edwards employment of the US Military to verify his photo.
Earlier this year, another boat skipper earned the Best Nessie Sighting of the Year Award after snapping a sonar image of a large underwater animal swimming in the Loch Ness.