Steve Challis of Southampton recently photographed what many are calling the best photo ever taken of the mythical beast.
The Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie, is a large, long-necked, mythical beast. Nessie was brought to worldwide attention in 1933. However, evidence of her existence is on the light side and there exists so far, a number of disputed photographs along with some sonar readings.
The very first sighting of a strange creature in the loch may have been in the 1870s when D. Mackenzie claimed to have seen something "wriggling and churning up the water". This account was not published until 1934, however.
Nessie was first named a 'monster' by the water bailiff of Loch Ness on August 4, 1933, when the Inverness Courier published an article about a London man who was driving around the area and saw "the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life", trundling across the road toward the Loch carrying "an animal" in its mouth". After publication, letters began to arrive at the Courier's office with many accounts that described a "monster fish", "sea serpent", or "dragon", the now infamous 'Loch Ness Monster' was born.
Steve Challis of Southhampton recently photographed what many are calling the best photo ever taken of the mythical beast.
He was visiting the banks of Loch Ness while on holiday with his family when he managed to snap a shop from the shores opposite from Urquart Castle.
Challis said he saw a ripple in the water and assumed it was a big fish that he estimated was eight feet long.
When speaking to the Daily Record , Challis said that he posted the images online in hopes of identifying the large fish, which he thought was a catfish.
"I started taking a couple of shots and then this big fish came to the surface and then went back down again. It only appeared in one shot and to be honest that was something of a fluke. I watched for a while as you can see from the last picture but didn't see it again."
"I have to say I don't believe in the Loch Ness Monster and frankly I think if anything is there then there is a logical explanation for most of the sightings. My guess would be that what I captured was a catfish or something like that. As seals get in from the sea then I expect thats what it is and that would explain why these sightings are so few and far between."Loch Ness Mystery blog , has raised concerns that the image is photoshopped. The color saturation and indistinct lining of the creature cast some doubts, however, he notes that if it's real it's easily one of the best ever taken.