The Scotsman newspaper regularly posts stories on its favorite lake monster just so she stays in people’s minds and brings tourists to the shores of Loch Ness. It’s unclear why this story of a video from 2007 is now making news again but it is, as are all Nessie claims, less than impressive and certainly not “proof” of anything.
Gordon Holmes, who filmed jet-black shapes moving in Loch Ness from the roadside in 2007, agrees a US computer expert who analysed the footage has likely solved the mystery.
Mr Holmes, of Shipley, in West Yorkshire, now believes the creatures are eels between 10ft and 15ft long.
Here is a news report that contains Mr. Holmes sighting of 2007.
Yes, it does look like an animal but there is no good indication for us to judge size. Plus, the resolution is too low to make out details. It could be an otter as well as an eel. Eels are indeed found in the Loch but it would be a bit weird to be skimming along the surface like this as eels are bottom dwellers (though they can come on land). So, this is a perfectly plausible explanation though the size might be a bit exaggerated. No additional support was given on the finding that the things in the video (he said there were two) were really large eels. So, we are left with pretty much just an educated guess. A stabilized version of the video was said to be the key to determining the eel conclusion. That version does not seem to be available for anyone else to judge it. (Please link if you find it.)
There is nothing new about the idea that Nessie sightings could be explained by eels or a dozen other possibilities as have been suggested. Surely, the phenomenon has more than one source of sightings including boat wakes, large fish, swimming deer, water birds and outright hoaxes. In the video above, Mr. Holmes finds the monster credible but it isn’t. No remains have ever been found, previous good evidence has been found to have been hoaxed or enhanced. We can not count witness reports, as reliable as they may seem, to be any more than hints of where to look. Sonar sightings have not, contrary to Mr. Holmes opinion, shown a monster. Several serious attempts to search for large animals in the Loch have had their nets come up empty.