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Steve Feltham: 'I thought hunting Nessie would be easier'

By T.K. Randall
May 13, 2023 · Comment icon 28 comments

Feltham holds the world record for his extended vigil of the loch. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ben Buxton
The veteran Nessie hunter has spent more than 3 decades scouring the waters of Loch Ness for signs of its elusive monster.
For most people, looking for signs of the elusive Loch Ness Monster amounts of glancing over the water in the hope of catching a brief glimpse of a dark shape disappearing beneath the murk.

For Steve Feltham, however, looking for the creature has become a life-long obsession.

Originally from Dorset, Feltham began his search for the world's most famous lake monster back in 1991 after being fascinated by the possibility of its existence.

Having given up his house, his job and his girlfriend to focus on finding the elusive beast, he now lives in a mobile home which is parked on a permanent basis on the shores of the loch at Dores.

He has since made a living selling miniature models of the monster to visiting tourists.

While his passion for the search has never wavered, he recently admitted that he thought that after his first sighting of the creature, the hunt would be a bit easier than it has been.

"I had one glimpse of something like a torpedo going through the water," he told BBC Radio.
"I did think this job was going to easier as I had a sighting in the first year and I thought it wouldn't be long until a second sighting would come along."

"And that is where I'm stopped, at that moment, still waiting for that second glimpse of something unexplained. Because I am here full-time I speak to hundreds of people who do report something that we can't identify."

Source: BBC News | Comments (28)

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Comment icon #19 Posted by Gilbert Syndrome 11 months ago
I think with a lot of these sorts of things, once people get an idea in their heads, and the stories begin to take shape, you tend to get "sightings."     Once people start to flock to places where they think a monster lurks, then they'll begin to see it with every boat wake, every bird, every fish, every anomaly.    When someone is adamant that UFO's are out there and aliens are visiting us, they'll go out and see a dozen UFO's. Ghosts aren't much different in that you tend to get people flocking to so-called "haunted" places in the hopes of witnessing something supernatural, and quite o... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by papageorge1 11 months ago
Certainly, I consider all you say but I think there are enough rather detailed claims to believe there is some fire behind the smoke for the subjects you mentioned. I think some people are too eager to dismiss things that don't fit nicely into their worldview too. So I consider everything.  
Comment icon #21 Posted by Myles 11 months ago
I totally agree.   If I sit in my house (200+ years old) and think it is haunted, I will here things to confirm that it is.  
Comment icon #22 Posted by Gilbert Syndrome 11 months ago
That's up to you, mate. I'd personally love it to be true, like with anything cryptid, supernatural or otherworldly.    My problem is that when you start to break down the sightings and claims, they don't really add up to much of anything that we could call tangible. Likewise, once we start to assess the probability of such a creature, as well as a viable breeding population of these creatures, actually existing within the loch undetected, much like Bigfoot, it becomes more and more likely that they exist within our minds as opposed to our lakes, lochs or seas.     Are there any particula... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Gilbert Syndrome 11 months ago
Pretty much.  I've a work colleague who goes to supposedly haunted locations with groups, which is becoming more and more popular in the UK. What baffles me is they always go to these places at night, and someone will inevitably have some sort of experience.    I used to work in security, and I've worked in supposedly haunted buildings and locations, and undoubtedly, when you go into these places with the knowledge of their supposed haunting and it's the middle of the night, and if you're at all accepting of the paranormal, then any noise you hear, or shadow you see in the corner of your ey... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by papageorge1 11 months ago
I think things like the Patterson film of Bigfoot is quite tangible as well as rather close-up encounters with other cryptids.   I agree with your point about how can a breeding population of huge species go so uncertain. My leading theory is that they have aspects we call paranormal and are not full-time residents of our normal physical reality.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Hammerclaw 11 months ago
That's just taking something you can't prove real and turning it into a fantasy.
Comment icon #26 Posted by papageorge1 11 months ago
I call it just judging what explanation fits the best all things considered.    Do you have a best fit explanation?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Hammerclaw 11 months ago
Wishful thinking.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Resume 11 months ago
Also too, confirmation bias.

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