Loch Ness Monster In England? Stunning Photo Reveals 'Bownessie'

As a vote on Scottish independence moves forward, one of the country's most famous residents seems to have skipped town as a stunning new photo reveals a creature resembling the Loch Ness Monster in England's Lake Windermere.

Ellie Williams captured the amazing photograph, according to The Mirror, which depicts a lake monster resembling the fabled denizen of Loch Ness rising from the depths. The 24-year-old photographer reportedly set her camera to automatically capture images throughout the day at Windermere, which is located 150 miles from Scotland's famous Loch Ness. Only when she reviewed the photos later did she discover that her camera had captured something out of the ordinary.

"When I reviewed all the images I thought it might have been a swan or a goose, as I was looking at the image on my smartphone," Williams said. "I'm open to suggestions as to what the creature could be – I'm just glad I put the camera in the right place at the right time."

It isn't the first time an animal resembling the Loch Ness Monster has been spotted in England's Lake District. Nicknamed "Bownessie" by local residents, the creature has been sighted several times in the past, beginning in 2006, and since then, the lake monster has become a local mascot. The creature even has its own Twitter account.

Williams claims that the lake monster image hasn't been photoshopped and is genuine, according to The Daily Star. She reportedly utilized an Autographer life camera, which is designed to take a series of photos over time. Leaving the area after setting up the camera, she was not present when the lake monster took its turn in front of the lens.

"Initially we were excited, then skeptical, and then we started laughing," Said Autographer's James Ebdon. "Who knows what it is - maybe some kids messing about - whatever it is we will leave it to the experts."

The existence of the Loch Ness Monster has been hotly debated ever since an iconic photograph was released in the 1930s, bringing international attention to the legendary creature. Though the image was later revealed to be a hoax, sightings of the monster have been recorded as far back as the sixth century.

During the height of the monster's popularity in the 1970s, Lloyd's of London was even contracted to underwrite a reward for its capture, as The Inquisitr previously reported. Earlier this year, a satellite image from Apple Maps revealed a disturbance in Loch Ness, which some attributed to the Monster.

[Image via Daily Star]