[...] 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.
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.