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Mystery object picked up by sonar in Loch Ness

By T.K. Randall
October 6, 2020 · Comment icon 18 comments

Is there a monster in Loch Ness ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ben Buxton
Cruise Loch Ness director Ronald Mackenzie captured the sonar image while out on the loch last Wednesday.
The compelling image shows what appears to be a 32ft-long object 500ft beneath the surface.

It was picked up by Mackenzie while he was skippering The Spirit of Loch Ness.

"It was a bit of a dreich day and we only had 12 passengers on board," he said. "I was skippering because the usual skipper had a day off."

"We were at our half-way point off Invermoriston, where we turn around. The water is 189 meters (620ft) deep there."
"[The sonar contact] was right bang smack in the middle of the loch at about 170 meters (558ft) down. Because the boat was doing 10.7 knots it was unable to detect if it was moving or stationary, but it was big - at least 10 meters (33ft)."

"The contact lasted ten seconds while we passed over. I've been on the loch since I was 16 years old and I have never seen anything like it. We have had contacts in the past, but nothing like this. We have real state-of-the-art sonar on the new boat, it doesn't lie. It can't lie. It captures what's there."

According to sonar expert Craig Wallace, the image captured that day was '100% genuine'.

Whether or not the object is the Loch Ness Monster, however, is another matter entirely.

Source: Inverness Courier | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 years ago
A swarm of fish?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Resume 4 years ago
It could be a ball of baitfish, it could be a cloud of hatching insects, it could be a acreen-shot of the sonar in demonstration mode. These are all things one might normally see on sonar; what one does not normally see on sonar is an extant plesiosaur.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
Sonar images such as this appear often in the news.  
Comment icon #13 Posted by nevins 4 years ago
A few years back a group of scientists from New Zealand took DNA samples throughout the whole loch at many different depths and had the samples analysed and whilst they found some small mammal DNA and obviously some fish species the largest animal that showed in the results was an eel species but not of the size to be called monstrous,I am not buying Nessie is some mystical creature that can cloak itself or disappear at will through a vortex to another dimension..To conclude it`s scientific fact that there is nothing there,no monster,it doesn`t exist,i wish it did i really do but it`s time to... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem 4 years ago
Odds on Loch Ness Monster being found slashed by Paddy Power after sonar image 'sighting' Link
Comment icon #15 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
That sounds a perfectly logical explanation,don't be so skeptical.
Comment icon #16 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
I doubt this was the Loch Ness Monster.  It would have been something entirely mundane. A crashed UFO, for example, or an Atlantean submarine ? 
Comment icon #17 Posted by woopypooky 4 years ago
anything with a few meters of length or width in the Loch Ness is the Loch Ness. Even a big lump of floating ****
Comment icon #18 Posted by kalon1701 4 years ago
It's hardly "compelling evidence", and why on earth does the Surgeons photo always get pulled in with this? it was dismissed as fake years ago but it still gets published and misreported as "evidence".

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