Shot by George Edwards — who has led Nessie hunts as part of his Loch Ness Cruise business in Drumnadrochit for the past 26 years — it shows a mysterious dark hump moving in the water towards Urquhart Castle.
“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 60-year-old Mr Edwards, a lifelong believer in the monster.
“It was slowly moving up the loch towards Urquhart Castle and it was a dark grey colour.
“It was quite a fair way from the boat, probably about half a mile away but it’s difficult to tell in water.”
After watching the object for five to 10 minutes, Mr Edwards said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced.
Mr Edwards took the photo at 9am on 2nd November last year but before releasing it publicly sent it to the USA for analysis.
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Edwards is touting that he had the photo analyzed. “I have friends in the USA who have friends in the military. They had my photo analysed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object in the water.” I have no idea what that means if anything. Edwards has taken another photograph back in the 80′s.
Nessie hunters claim it is NOT a sturgeon. Sturgeons have actually not been found in the Loch but remain a possibility for some as an explanation.
But I wonder… Edwards did not mention it moved other than sank into the water after a while. He was very far away. Why didn’t it move? What part of the animal would this be?
While this is not a blurry picture, it also gives us basically no details. I am highly suspicious. So, have it everyone.
UPDATE (4-Aug-2012) As expected, this new photo went all over the web yesterday. Benjamin Radford at Live Science, who wrote a book on lake monster mysteries, leans toward something real in the water (not a hoaxed photo) but what the thing actually IS is far from clear. He also tends toward log or piece of tree. I’ve seen upturned canoe as an option. But it CAN be something we’re not going to guess correctly. What it LIKELY IS NOT, is a an unknown species as yet to be catalogued by science. Possible? Yes. Likely? Hardly. But it is certainly good for tourism to the Loch.
Tweets from Darren Naish give us two more things to keep in mind: