See UPDATE below. We have the best match yet.
Originally published October 28, 2015
The story goes (from the Daily Mail and the Mirror, both shameless promoters of mystery) that Harvey Robertson took pictures over the side of a tourist boat in a sea cave about 20 miles south of Albania on the west coast of Greece. He said he didn’t notice anything in the water until he saw the picture later. And this is what he found.
The Mirror apparently paid him for the picture. But if someone was really curious about what it was, wouldn’t he share more with actual scientists? I’ve looked at the many articles and just see the same info circulated. Nothing new. (Add in the comments if YOU find something of value.)
There are a number of problems with this picture.
It does not resemble a known animal, the snout especially, which appears to have just one nostril. It is NOT a dolphin, though many people say it could be a river dolphin. Even though it’s grey and has a long snout (with a seam, not a mouth), the eye is wrong, and the blowhole is in the wrong place.
The bubbles on the surface are rather small, there is no scale though. We don’t even know how deep the water was!
Light bends underwater leading to distortion. So we could be looking not at a face of an animal, but something completely different.
Ideally, a return to the spot would be in order to determine if this is something alive or something that just resembles a strange animal in the water. Corfu is full of land and sea caves so it could also be a rock formation or a piece of debris and we are experiencing pareidolia. It’s a tourist boat so examination should be easy. Let’s see some additional evidence!
What it is for certain can’t be determined because we do not have nearly enough information. But it is NOT reasonable to call it a new mythological creature come to life or a cryptid. Or, as the more colorful sights suggest, a unknown-to-science sea monster or Nessie herself!
We are currently looking into the possibility it may be an edited picture.
Addition (29-Oct 2015): DN contacted Kenny Biddle from the Anomalies Research Society regarding the photo. Unfortunately, the existing photo posted online is not the original so it does not have the EXIF metadata for us to tell details about the photo. But, Kenny had some additional thoughts: If this was in a cave, as alleged, it was a small boat. Therefore, the camera wasn’t but a few feet above the water, so this object is small. The idea that it is a big creature by comparing it to Nessie or a dolphin is highly questionable. It could be a range of just a few square feet of water. Also, the picture is well-framed for someone who wasn’t paying attention. Why didn’t he notice the thing?