The Loch Ness Monster has allegedly been spotted by a Swedish enthusiast who came across the beast while on Google Earth.
According to the Mirror, 52-year-old Bjarne Sj was at his home in Stockholm, Sweden when he spotted a long, thin object in Loch Ness on Google Earth. He then took a picture of the creature and entered it into the best Loch Ness Monster sighting of 2014 competition.
This is an annual competition that is run by William Hill. Bjarne Sj actually won a $3,000 prize for his entry. The "creature" he spotted was just above Horse Shoe Scree on the south side of the loch.
Sj's image was selected as one of the five finalists. It then came out on top in an online poll that was held on The Inverness Courier website. In fact, the survey proved to be hugely popular as over 92,000 voters participated.
Judges announced that Sj's picture was the most mysterious image to have been submitted. After being declared the winner, Sj was, as you'd expect, over the moon.
"I'm very happy to have won the prize. I am very interested in anything regarding Nessie and the history of Loch Ness."Sj, who has never actually visited Scotland, let alone Loch Ness itself, also revealed how he came across the line that he deciphered to be the mythical creature.
"The reason I found this image on Google Earth was that I was sitting one night at home reading about Nessie and Loch Ness on the internet and thought I would check to see if I could see something from above - and that proved to turn out well."However, despite his avoidance of Scotland up until now, Sj admitted that he would like to visit the area in the future.
"I have never been to Scotland but my hopes are that one day I will visit Loch Ness."William Hill's PR manager, Rupert Adams, declared that the amount of votes cast proved just how popular the mystery over the Loch Ness monster still is.
Meanwhile, Gary Campbell, who is the official Loch Ness Monster sightings registrar, wants further analysis of the images to be carried out. Especially, since there have previously been other reports and images of large eel-like creatures in Loch Ness.
"Something like this cannot be explained. I would like to see further analysis of the photograph carried out. Nessie is much bigger globally than people realise."[Image via the Express]