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2019 was a bumper year for Nessie sightings

By T.K. Randall
January 12, 2020 · Comment icon 11 comments

Nessie made several appearances this year. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ben Buxton
There were more registered sightings of the Loch Ness Monster in 2019 than in any other year this century.
Despite the fact that no definitive evidence of the creature has ever been found, the potential existence of this elusive Scottish denizen continues to draw over two million visitors a year.

Now according to Gary Campbell - keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register - 2019 turned out to be one of the busiest on record with a total of 18 sightings, the highest since 1983.

"The availability of the webcam has given many more people the chance to look at the loch and there have been record numbers of people visiting the area and its attractions," he said.

"In the connected digital world we live in now, people are taking photos and sending them to us. They want to know what it is and then they are reporting it."

Some of 2019's most prominent sightings include:

New Loch Ness Monster footage has emerged - Gloria and Ian Davison had been visiting the Scottish Highlands when they spotted something in the loch.

Sonar picks up 25ft 'creature' in Loch Ness - A boat skipper has captured a sonar image of something large lurking in the depths of the world-famous loch.
Large eel-like creature filmed in River Ness - Footage showing a large serpentine animal swimming away from Loch Ness has recently emerged online.

Also in 2019, New Zealand geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell revealed the findings of a study which involved analyzing the DNA contained within 250 samples of Loch Ness water.

"Well, our data doesn't reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can't discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness," he said.

"Therefore we can't discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness Monster might be a giant eel."

Campbell however remains unconvinced.

"The issue with it is that Loch Ness is an open waterway," he said. "It is not a closed eco system. DNA could be brought in via the North Sea or from the Atlantic."

"A boat could bump into a dolphin in the Moray Firth and bring in the DNA."

Source: Inverness Courier | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Essan 4 years ago
Nessie is more properly defined as "any object, or natural phenomenon, that a person sees in or around the shores of Loch Ness and is unable themselves to positively identify at the time".    
Comment icon #3 Posted by Peterk505 4 years ago
A UFO - Unidentified Floating Object
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
They have been seal in the past in the Loch... dog head, multiple hump when swimming in group... it even explain on the ground sighting. Don't know why they continue to search for anything else.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
I think it's a combination of wanting to keep bringing in the Nessie tourist money, and faith. Some people desperately want to believe in Nessie (just like some people desperately want to believe in Bigfoot, ghosts, alien visitors, God, etc.), and no one can deny the millions it probably brings in annually. I'd bet the whole area around the loch is dependent on tourist $$.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Essan 4 years ago
Yes, Nessie is a very big tourist draw.  And the more townies who see a branch or an otter or a boat wake, or anything else, that they think is Nessie, the better!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dustyrose33 4 years ago
I thought many years ago the Loch Ness Monster was proven to be a hoax.   I believe  Bigfoot is too
Comment icon #8 Posted by South Alabam 4 years ago
The Loch Ness monster is real, and is a scientifically proven fact just as Bigfoot, Werewolves, Ghost, Chupacabra, well just believe me anyway!  
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ultimatium 4 years ago
I thought that sightings of the loch ness monster were less common these days, but it's good to see that the mystery continues to live on even today.
Comment icon #10 Posted by butterflygirl1 4 years ago
"Sightings" will continue so long as the myth provides economic benefit to the area through tourism... 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
More people see it and more people who have cameras see it, but not more pics.    Odd.

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