A “feature film length” video of the Loch Ness Monster has been shot by a Nessie watcher from Ireland.
Hospital clerical worker Eoin O’Faodhagain from Donegal took a ten minute video from the Loch Ness webcam.
The creature moves from right to left and as it swims towards Urquhart Bay – a favourite haunt of Nessie – and is seen diving and surfacing with water splashes.
The sighting – the second record accepted this year by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register – comes only days before DNA sampling is to be used to discover previously unrecorded organisms in Loch Ness.
Eoin, 53, from Drumdoit Castlefin has wached the Nessie webcam for many years.
“I just click in now and then for 20 minutes – it’s better than watching Coronation Street,” he said.
“I seen a couple of things over the years but they have been explained as a boat or something else.”
But on April 30, Eoin had “a terrific shock.”
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said. "I just started recording it on my phone. I just followed it.
"It was very unusual, it was certainly something big – it dived down and up again and dived and disappeared. It was not a boat and not a log. I would say it was Nessie.
“I believe in Nessie but not as a plesiosaur – but as something that has evolved in Loch Ness over thousands of years.”
Mr O’Faodhagain has been to Loch Ness four times as part of Highland holidays.
Gary Campbell, Keeper of the Official Register of Sightings at Loch Ness, said: "As far as Nessie footage goes this is a feature film.
"Normally you only get videos of one of two seconds. It is remarkable in its length and again shows the increased sightings of Nessie from the internet.
“Clearly it is something that dives in and out of the surface with water splashes and reflections. It is unexplained. The object would be no larger than 20ft. There is something there on the video that is clearly moving.”
Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster set new global records last year.
Nessie’s 11 accepted sightings in 2017 were the highest this century.
Irish missionary St Columba is first said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD. Since then there have been 1080 officially logged sightings.
This month a team of scientists will collect tiny fragments of skin and scales from the loch.
Prof Neil Gemmell, a New Zealand scientist leading the project, said he did not believe in Nessie, but was confident of finding genetic codes for other creatures.
He said a “biological explanation” might be found to explain some of the stories about the Loch Ness Monster.
"Maybe there’s a biological explanation for some of the stories,” he said.
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