A photo snapped by a landscape architect working at Aldourie Castle seems to have captured an unexplained image on Loch Ness that thus far has puzzled those who’ve studied it. Some speculate that it is proof of the aquatic monster of legend. Others just don’t know what to make of it. Richard Preston, the man who snapped a series of photos of the enigmatic image, was circumspect, telling The Inverness Courier that he wasn’t sure that what he captured in the photo was a sighting of famous monster, but he wasn’t ruling out some form of aquatic animal.
“I am not saying it is the monster. But I don’t see any reason why it cannot be some sort of a sea-going beast,” Preston said.
Richard Preston was redesigning the castle grounds on the southern shores of Loch Ness when he spied the strange “humps” on the water’s surface. The photo that is getting passed around the internet shows a beautiful view of Loch Ness with a series of three whitish “humps” emerging from or floating on the water about three quarters of the way across. It is difficult to tell exactly what the “humps” are composed of or if it some type of living creature. Preston was able to snap several photos on his mobile camera, but the “humps” quickly disappeared.
“I was gobsmacked,” the 27-year-old landscaper said of the sighting. “I have been working here for the last two or three years and have never seen anything like it.”
Steve Feltham, a full-time devotee of hunting the Loch Ness Monster, told the Courier, ” I am quite excited about these photographs. To me, they are unexplained and Richard is a reliable character.”
Feltham said that he at first thought the “humps” could have been the wake of a boat but, upon inspection of the other photos in the series, noticed that the object didn’t move — and a boat’s wake would move toward the shore. ” I don’t know what it is,” he said.
A researcher for the Loch Ness Project, Adrian Shine, is a little more skeptical. He believes the photo seems to reveal a reflection on the water.
Shine was equally as hesitant with the Google Earth photo that surfaced in August 2009. Security guard James Cooke, while perusing the popular Google geographical feature, spotted what he thought might be the Loch Ness Monster breaking the surface of the water.
“I couldn’t believe it.” Cooke told The Sun about the sighting. “It’s just like the descriptions of Nessie.”
Adrian Shine noted that the Google photo was “intriguing,” but that it required further study.
Many felt that the Google “Nessie” was nothing more than a small boat with a trailing wake.
Still, Richard Preston’s photos have brought up again the nearly 80-year-old question of the Loch Ness Monster’s existence. First sighted in 1933, the Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie,” has been the subject of popular and scientific inquiry, and is a familiar topic for those who dabble in pursuing the unexplained. Although several popular theories about the existence of the large elusive aquatic animal have been offered over the years, the most common is that the beast is either some kind of large dinosaur throwback or a figment of rather fertile imaginations.
Val Sweeney, “Mystery Surrounds Loch Ness ‘humps,'” Inverness-Courier.co.uk
Ben Leach, “Is The Loch Ness Monster On Google Earth?” The Sun via Telegrahp.co.uk