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Sonar picks up 25ft 'creature' in Loch Ness

Posted on Tuesday, 6 August, 2019 | Comment icon 87 comments

What did Bell pick up beneath the surface of Loch Ness ? Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Conner
A boat skipper has captured a sonar image of something large lurking in the depths of the world-famous loch.
24-year-old Mike Bell had been taking a group of tourists out on the water on June 27th when he picked up the anomalous object approximately 115ft beneath the surface.

When he circled around to scan the same spot again, the object had completely disappeared.

"I would like to think this is our creature, Nessie," he said. "It's my first year being the skipper in the boat [and] in five months I've never seen it or had something that big on the sonar."

"An object of that size I would think is way too big for the normal species in the loch. It must have been about five or six minutes we spent trying to pick up this creature again."

This year is turning out to be one of the best for Loch Ness Monster sightings with 8 reported so far.

"My dad is the more experienced skipper who has been doing this for a few years and has said he's never seen it that big before on the sonar," said Bell.

"It's my first sighting of Nessie and I think my dad is a wee bit jealous as he has never seen it."

Source: Deadline News | Comments (87)

Tags: Loch Ness Monster

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #78 Posted by Dynamo X on 13 August, 2019, 22:20
The River Ness runs from Loch Ness to the Beauly Firth, an arm of the North Sea, and is only about 6 miles or so long. Its not a very deep river but heavy rain can cause occasional increases in depth, potentially allowing larger marine life passage to the Loch. There's also the theory that juvenile creatures could enter the Loch at any time and grow larger once there if for some reason they decide to remain.
Comment icon #79 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 13 August, 2019, 23:11
Well, maybe you are right but if I were in the business of hunting Nessie, I would like to think that being able to record all such sonar sessions would be a must because nobody believes "the big fish that got away" stories. It's good for advertising, ka-CHING
Comment icon #80 Posted by Resume on 13 August, 2019, 23:37
See post directly north of yours.
Comment icon #81 Posted by RoofGardener on 14 August, 2019, 6:59
Fair point... but... was this boat in the business of hunting for Nessie, or was it just a tourist fishing boat ?? 
Comment icon #82 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 14 August, 2019, 15:13
Well, RG, of course they are in the tourist business. But, if you had the one boat on Loch Ness that caught this incredible sighting, imagine what that does for your business and of course, the loch business as a whole, too. Free advertising all over the globe on that one blip, so long as you have a sonar record of it to take a pic of. 
Comment icon #83 Posted by RoofGardener on 14 August, 2019, 19:21
It would be interesting to see if there has been any follow-up to this story ? 
Comment icon #84 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 14 August, 2019, 20:20
What can they do with it, RG? it is what it is... just a glimpse of "something" - be it school of fish, singular creature, you can't even tell that much. Maybe a follow up in the sense of another spotting, perhaps. but this is unfortunately, an interesting nothingburger
Comment icon #85 Posted by stereologist on 14 August, 2019, 20:33
Just took a quick tour of loch ness sonar images and there are quite a few similar images to be seen. Then again it looks similar to schools of fish in lakes and oceans.
Comment icon #86 Posted by Trelane on 14 August, 2019, 23:37
…....but definitely NOT a plesiosaur.
Comment icon #87 Posted by Robotic Jew on 15 August, 2019, 1:04
I keep thinking this says "loch ness stripper..." now that id be happy to search for!

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