A new video of the Loch Ness monster captured by a passer-by on his iPhone could provide the clearest evidence yet that some sort of strange creature inhabits the mysterious lake in the Scottish Highland — as legends have described for centuries.
Or is this new "evidence" of the Loch Ness monster's existence just another put-on? The man who shot the cell phone video — seen above — marveled at the fact that the creature seen swimming through the choppy waters of Loch Ness bears a striking resemblance to the iconic, 1934 "Surgeon's Photo," which is easily the most famous photo of "Nessie" ever snapped.
Iconic 1934 Loch Ness Monster Photo Now Considered A Hoax
When the Surgeon's Photo — so called because it was allegedly taken by a physician who at the time chose to remain anonymous — was first published it ignited a worldwide craze for new proof of the apparently dinosaur-like creature, a fascination that clearly continues to the present day.
But that instantly recognizable photo was revealed in the 1990s to be a hoax. Supposedly the hoaxer's motive was revenge against the Daily Mail newspaper, which had earlier hired the man to find evidence of the monster then fired and publicly humiliated him when he failed to do so.
On the other hand, many Loch Ness monster hunters believe that the "hoax" story is itself a hoax, and that the photo may indeed authentically depict the famed aquatic beast.
New Video Shows 'Loch Ness Monster' Resembling Famous Photo
In either case, the video posted Sunday on YouTube as well on the websites of Scotland's Daily Record and England's Daily Mirror newspapers, does appear to show a moving, snake-like or lizard-like creature moving rapidly through the water, breaching the surface repeatedly.
"It's an anomaly that I can't really explain. I'm a bit of a doubter of a lot of things until I see it myself and I wouldn't have believed what I saw if someone else was telling me," said Richard Collis, the 58-year-old tree planter who took the video — and who also says that he has fished in Loch Ness since his childhood and never experienced a sighting anything like what he saw last week.
"I don't really believe in anything like that until I see it but what I saw was obviously what the Loch Ness Monster is," Collis told the Daily Record. "I'm not saying it was a fire breathing dragon and I never saw teeth or anything like that, but I must have thought there was something there if I stopped to take pictures."
The new Loch Ness monster video appears just days after a new photo purporting to show the creature poking its head through the waves of Loch Ness was revealed at a paranormal conference in Scotland.