DailyMail A schoolgirl on holiday with her parents has taken ‘the best picture of the Loch Ness Monster in years’ after snapping the mythical creature with her iPhone. Charlotte Robinson from Leeds, who was staying at Loch Ness Highland Lodges in Invermoriston, was stunned when it popped up 50 feet from shore. ‘Nessie’ surfaced for about a minute before re-surfacing about ten feet further away some seven minutes later, says Miss Robinson, who had been on holiday for less than a day when she made the sighting. Miss Robinson was on holiday with parents Kat, 41, a business intelligence data analyst, and father Dave, 52, a factory worker. Ironically Mr and Mrs Robinson had stayed at the same holiday centre 16 years ago, but had not been back since. It was at around 7pm last Friday when Miss Robinson saw the creature and captured it on her smartphone. ‘There was something in the water about 50 feet from the shore. I took a photo. It had a neck and head was in the shape of a hook,’ said Miss Robinson. ‘I just took what I saw. It was black – I just don’t know how far it was out of the water. I’m not good at judging distances. ‘But after about a minute it disappeared and then came back up again in a different place. It was up for less than a minute the second time. I kinda believed in Nessie, but I wanted to see the proof. I always imagined her as having a long neck and flippers. ‘I have seen something but I’m not sure what.’ Mrs Robinson added: ‘Charlotte said she had taken a photo of a creature in the loch and I said ‘right, sure you have!’ For weeks she’s been going on about seeing the Loch Ness Monster. ‘But when I saw the picture, I couldn’t believe it. Something’s there. With all the sightings over the years there must be something in the loch.’ Nessie expert Steve Feltham – who has dedicated his life to solving the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster for the past 27 years – was astonished by the image. ‘I am totally excited by this photograph – it is the best of ‘Nessie’ in years,’ said Mr Feltham, 55, who is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous monster hunting vigil of Loch Ness. ‘There is clearly a solid object in it and it is relatively clear. It warrants further study.
When I heard that a schoolgirl had taken the best picture of the legendary Loch Ness Monster in years, I could not have been more excited, I grew up on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and could not wait to see the new evidence. Obviously I was disappointed, there is clearly something popping out of the water, but it’s extremely difficult to tell what it is, as is the case for alleged evidence of a relic plesiosaur descendant surviving in Loch Ness. The picture seems to show a extended neck and a small head, consistent with other sightings of Nessie. However, missing are any humps or the undulating snake or eel like body, which has been reported previously. While the alleged creature in the image looks to be something alive, a floating tree branch or man made item cannot be ruled out, ditto for a known animal like a seal which often make their way into Loch Ness. I want more than anything for legendary cryptids to be real creatures, like Bigfoot and Nessie, however as the technology that we have in our pockets every day gets more and more impressive the existence of these creatures becomes less and less likely. To me, this picture is much more likely a seal coming up for air than it is evidence of the Loch Ness Monster, the creature in the image even looks like a seal and the neck and is not long and extended like a plesiosaur as previously reported from other sightings.