Amateur photographer Ian Bremner, 58, has snapped an extraordinary photograph which purports to show the most convincing evidence yet of the Loch Ness Monster.
The Huffington Post reports that Bremner managed to capture Nessie on Saturday afternoon as he was busy scouting for red deer between the Scottish villages of Dores and Inverfarigaig.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen Nessie in the loch. It would be amazing if I was the first one to find her.”
According to The Scotsman, even though Ian spends a good portion of his time on weekends capturing the breathtaking wonder of the Loch Ness region around him, he was startled and pleasantly surprised when he arrived home to look at a photograph he had taken and found three large humps in the water which showed a distinctive outline of what could very well be Nessie.
“When you’re up there, you’re constantly looking in the water to see if you can spot anything in there.”
However, The Metro has reported that after analyzing the photograph, Ian Bremner’s friends see what could actually be three seals playfully frolicking in the water rather than the elusive Nessie. Ian’s thoughts on the matter are that while this is certainly feasible, the more he thinks about it, the more he is convinced that it is the Loch Ness Monster.
With this most recent sighting, it begs the question, is Nessie real or an elaborate hoax? G.K. Chesterton once went on record as saying that many a man has been hanged on less evidence. Is there credible and reliable evidence for the Loch Ness Monster?
The first recorded evidence on record for Nessie comes from Saint Columba, who visited the shores of Loch Ness while simultaneously bringing Christianity to Scotland in the year 565. He claimed to have seen “a large beast” in the water ready to charge at a man and prayed that the animal would spare the swimmer.
Prior to the 20th Century, there were no less than a dozen individual cases that alluded to the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, but it was the year 1933 that marked the start of the public’s fascination with this elusive creature. This was the year that a traveling couple claimed to have seen a very large animal rolling around on the surface of the water. Once the news got out, the Inverness Courier picked up the story and the public’s fascination with Nessie officially began.
With media outlets everywhere in London keen to discover what was happening, they sent the seasoned hunter Marmaduke Wetherel out to investigate. Wetherel claimed to have found the footprints of a 20-foot-long animal and made plaster casts of these as proof. The public was in a fervor over these until zoologists released their findings that the the footprints were actually those of a hippopotamus, rather than the monster everyone was seeking.
This didn’t stop speculation however, and over 4,000 people from all walks of life continued to claim they had also seen the Loch Ness Monster. In fact, in 1957, a doctor named Constance Whyte published More Than a Legend detailing these accounts, and this is when scientists and others began to finally take the idea of Nessie seriously. Three top British universities and the BBC launched their own expeditions and used the newest technology available to investigate the matter. Underwater photography and sonar were employed in order to capture the monster, and in 1975 this paid off handsomely when a camera finally recorded what was thought to be the Loch Ness Monster.
Despite its many critics, these investigations have continued through the years and while some evidence has mounted showing a distinct possibility of the Loch Ness Monster being real, there have also been many claims of fraudulent photography involved.
After Saturday’s photograph by Ian Bremner, what do you think? Could the Loch Ness Monster actually be real?
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