A recent UFO sighting over Loch Ness resulted in an internet sensation when photos of the alleged extraterrestrial object were posted online, but now one man’s analysis has complicated the mystery behind the strange objects.
Alan Betts and his wife, Anna, returned from a holiday at Loch Ness and were startled to make out the image of two strange UFOs in one of the photographs taken on their vacation, as the Inquisitr recently noted. The couple released the image to the media, as the Daily Mail previously reported, in hopes that someone would be able to provide an explanation for the odd UFOs.
— UFO TV Channel (@UFOtvChannel) June 25, 2015
Mick West, a retired video game programmer who now operates the website Metabunk.org, responded to the UFO photo with his own assessment of the image. As the Huffington Post reports, West claimed that the UFOs were simply the result of the doubled reflection of a reading light. Using a variety of images taken from promotional videos of the resort where the photo was captured, West alleges that the UFO photo could only have been taken indoors, yet this is directly at odds with Betts’ story. The couple claim that the photo was taken outside.
— Mick West (@MickWest) June 13, 2015
After reading West’s conclusions, Anna Betts directly contradicted his assertion that the UFO photo was taken from inside a room through a double-pane window.
“We only came in that day after sightseeing and did not put any lights on. We were outside — me and my Mum — to snap both sides of the view which was not visible from the house. I have a picture from a different angle looking the other way. I honestly don’t know what curtain reflection he means. To my memory, all the pictures of that day were taken from outside.”
The Huffington Post also determined that one of the the photos posted on West’s site was actually reversed. After they reached out to him, West noted that he had flipped the UFO image vertically as a matter of convenience, and that it did not affect his conclusions. He has since updated his site to reflect the correct orientation of the Loch Ness UFO photo.
“Since all the reference points are centered vertically, it makes no real difference.”
Whether the Betts incorrectly remember that day, or West is mistaken in his conclusions, it seems likely that the only way to be sure is to recreate the original sighting. Until then, the Loch Ness UFO will remain as much of a mystery as the lake’s long-necked denizen.
[Image: Tatiana Betts via Twitter]