Nessie, is that you?
A British outdoorsman paddling through Scotland’s Loch Ness for a long-distance charity canoe trip may have inadvertently captured drone footage of the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
“The more I watch it I think, ‘Crikey!’” Richard Mavor told the Daily Record. “There really wasn’t anything in the area that could be.”
The video image taken last month of a long, thin form just beneath the water’s surface was so fleeting that Mavor didn’t notice it when he posted it Sept. 1.
He created two lengthy videos to chronicle a four-day, 62-mile paddling expedition for his YouTube channel, Richard Outdoors.
On Day 3, when the group pulled their canoes up on the south shore of Loch Ness for the night, he sent a camera-equipped drone aloft to capture a shot of the group.
As the camera zoomed in, the outline of a creature nearly twice the length of the beached watercraft appeared to approach the group while floating beneath the lake’s rippling waves.
A week later, commenter Steve Bates called the image to Mavor’s attention.
“4 mins waters edge, the ripples look like Nessie,” Bates wrote.
“Must be a trick of the light/waves,” Mavor responded.
But after looking at his footage more closely, he became convinced otherwise.
“I had to rewind the footage several times,” Mavor said Thursday.
“I don’t know what it is but it certainly has the same shape as previous sightings of Nessie. There was no driftwood or anything like that, so who knows.”
Reports of a mysterious monster in the depths of the deep lake date back hundreds of years, with the earliest claims made in the 6th century.
And the shape captured by Mavor’s camera bore an uncanny resemblance to a plesiosaur — a sea creature from the dinosaur-dominated Mesozoic era that has long been associated with the elusive Nessie.