Doing the humpty hump: Edwards’ Nessie photo matches fiberglass prop

Update about the latest Loch Ness photograph… it’s looking like a hoaxy hoax.

LOCH NESS MONSTER: Follow Up on the George Edwards Photo.

[…] things have moved forward on this story as resident monster hunter, Steve Feltham, has unearthed evidence that may well prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the picture is a staged hoax. According to the Daily Mail (link still not up), Steve was told by a friend that the picture looked a lot like a fake hump he had owned.

The hump is about ten years old and was used two years ago for the “Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster” documentary made by National Geographic. Steve says that at 5m47s into this documentary you can see the hump on George Edwards’ boat (frame below) and again at 6m54s in the water.

One therefore presumes that the picture was actually taken at the time it was used by the documentary crew. It is not clear whether at that time it was intended to be used as a hoax or was just a playful snap.

Tip: Jeb Card

The photo never made sense. And, indeed, this looks damning as a very good match. Check out the post for more pics.

And, see Steve Feltham’s facebook page (who broke the story) that describes the fiberglass hump as it was used in a National Geographic documentary.

Source: Steve Feltham

Steve is known as the Nessie Hunter. He stated: “For 21 years now I have watched and waited on the shores of Loch Ness for a glimpse of one of these animals. Never have I entertained the thought of creating a hoax sighting.”

Good for you, Steve. Not so good for Mr. Edwards who has some explaining to do. So far, he is standing by his picture as genuine. But Steve claims Edwards’ boat was used to tow the hump, therefore, this was a deliberate hoax.

UPDATE: Here is an article and video by STV . VERY interesting quip by Edwards at the end there…

Mr Edwards declined to be interviewed on camera, but told STV News that he denied knowing anything about a fake hump.

He said Mr Feltham was entitled to his opinion and said people who make their livelihoods from the Loch should be happy it is in the news.

  8 comments for “Doing the humpty hump: Edwards’ Nessie photo matches fiberglass prop

  1. Dave
    August 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Has anyone noticed that the picture there (the large color one) shows… rocks under the water? That picture was taken in very shallow water. Someone simply waded out, dropped the ‘hump’ in, stepped back a few feet, and snapped a picture.

  2. August 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Dick Raynor, who runs what is probably the only skeptical tour boat at Loch Ness, performed his own interesting investigation, which can be seen here:

  3. Bob
    August 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    From the front page:
    “evidence that may well prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the picture is a staged hoax…”

    Surely, the burden of proof is on the monster hunters, not the doubters!

  4. Chris Long
    August 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    THE MSM gets sucked tight in every time to these hoaxes…

  5. Paul V Ruggeri
    August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I for one am SHOCKED! Shocked that someone would perpetrate a hoax at Loch Ness!

  6. August 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I can’t tell if cryptozoology is best thought of as adding dreams to the world, or giving candy to children and then ripping it away later.

  7. August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    The picture you are referring to, the one above these commonts is just of the fibreglass model, I merely paddled out a few feet on Dores beach, loch ness and popped it in the water to show the similarity. This is not george Edwards Nessie hoax picture but it is beyond doubt the same hump. The same hump that in the mentioned documentary is in plain view on the front of his boat. Explain that one if you can George Edwards.
    Steve Feltham, then on my homepage click on the Facebook button, it’s all there.

  8. Gareth
    August 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Good point. I think it is a case of adding dreams to the world at first, as long as the dreamers realise when it’s time to give up chocolate(candy)voluntarily after acquiring a taste for more adult fare.

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