A man who has spent the last 26 years hunting for the Loch Ness Monster believes he has finally captured the beast on film.
George Edwards has been taking tourists out on his boat, the Nessie Hunter IV, for over a quarter of a century, reports The Daily Mail.
While out on the loch, he saw a mysterious hump dipping in and out of the water so took his boat towards it for a closer look.
He then took a picture of the mysterious shape, which he believes could be proof that, whatever the ‘monster’ is, it is not a sturgeon, as has been touted by experts.
He even claims he has had the sighting verified by a team of US military monster experts.
“I was just about to return to Temple Pier (in Drumnadrochit) and I went to the back of the boat which was facing the pier and that’s when I saw it,” 60-year-old Mr Edwards told the Daily Mail.
“It was slowly moving up the loch towards Urquhart Castle and it was a dark grey colour. It was quite a fair way from the boat, probably about half a mile away but it’s difficult to tell in water.
“I’m convinced I was seeing Nessie as I believe in these creatures. Far too many people have being seeing them for far too long.
“The first recorded sighting was in 565AD and there have been thousands of eye witness reports since then.
“All these people can’t be telling lies. And the fact the reports stretch over so many years mean there can’t just be one of them. I’m convinced there are several monsters.”
“It hung around for a good half-an-hour and used the deep scanning sonar to try and pick it up, but I’m afraid I had no luck at all.”
The photo was taken on November 2 last year, but Mr Edwards says he did not want to release it publicly until it had been sent to America for analysis.
“I did not want to mention my sighting until I was sure that I had not photographed a log or something inanimate in the water,” he said.
“I have friends in the USA who have friends in the military.
“They had my photo analysed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object in the water. I was really excited as I am sure that some strange creatures are lurking in the depths of Loch Ness.”
Steve Feltham, a Nessie-hunting specialist who has been hunting the monster for 21 years, added: "It is the best photograph I think I have ever seen.
"I would say it doesn’t prove what Nessie is, but it does prove what Nessie isn’t, a sturgeon which is a fish that has been put forward as one of the main explanations as to what Nessie could be but this hasn’t got a serrated spine like the sturgeon."