A 12-year-old girl said she spotted the Loch Ness monster in 2018 and has the images to prove it.
Charlotte Robinson from Leeds in Yorkshire was staying at Loch Ness Highland Lodges at Invermoriston when she said she saw the beast pop up about 50 feet away from her on the first day of her holiday.
It took place just four days after Chie Kelly captured startling images of a large unidentified creature slowly spinning on the surface of the legendary loch.
Mrs Kelly, 51, was taking photographs from the village of Dores when she and her businessman husband Scott, 68, saw a strange ‘serpent-like’ creature moving over a distance of around 100 metres before disappearing.
Mrs Kelly, who works as a translator, was so shocked by what she saw on August 13, 2018, that she feared public ridicule and did not share the images.
Charlotte Robinson from Leeds in Yorkshire was staying at Loch Ness Highland Lodges at Invermoriston when she said she saw the beast
Charlotte said the creature popped up about 50 feet away on the first day of her holiday
However, after reading about the biggest search for Nessie in over 50 years that took place last weekend, she was inspired to share the images.
It was then that she plucked up the courage to show her startling photographs to veteran Nessie hunter Steve Feltham, who has set a world record for the longest vigil of searching for the Loch Ness Monster – spanning more than 30 years from his Dores base.
He was astounded and described them as the ‘most exciting’ surface pictures of Nessie he had ever seen.
Charlotte said a strange creature surfaced in front of her for about a minute before re-surfacing around ten feet away from that spot seven minutes later for less than 60 seconds.
Charlotte was on holiday with parents Kat, a business intelligence data analyst, and father Dave, a factory worker.
Mr and Mrs Robinson had stayed at the same holiday centre 16 years earlier.
Chie Kelly, 51, was taking photographs from the village of Dores when she and her businessman husband Scott, 68, saw a strange ‘serpent-like’ creature moving over a distance of around 100 metres before disappearing
Mrs Kelly, who works as a translator, was so shocked by what she saw on August 13, 2018, that she feared public ridicule and did not share the images. She was inspired to share the images after reading about the biggest search for Nessie in over 50 years that took place last weekend
Charlotte Robinson at Loch Ness. She took the photos just four days after Mrs Kelly captured startling images of a big unidentified creature
Charlotte saw the creature and captured it on her phone.
‘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,’ Charlotte said.
‘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.’
Her mum 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.’
Organiser Alan McKenna (left) joins Nessie hunters on board a boat on Loch Ness for what was described as the biggest search for the Loch Ness Monster since the early 1970s
A general view of Loch Ness. It has been 90 years since the Loch Ness Monster phenomenon began
Nessie expert Mr Feltham was astonished by the image and said that it was ‘the best of “Nessie” in years’.
Charlotte’s sighting was accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings’ Register.
Gary Campbell, the keeper of the register, said: ‘It was some extraordinary week because as well as Charlotte’s sighting there were three others of an unexplained creature.
‘It appears that the creature was moving between Dores and Fort Augustus. These pictures by Mrs Kelly and Charlotte are the best of Nessie ever taken and are totally baffling. It all adds to the evidence that is definitely something unexplained in Loch Ness.’
Mr Campbell added that Mrs Kelly’s sighting had now been added to the official register.
It has been 90 years since the Loch Ness Monster phenomenon began.
On April 14, 1933, hotel manageress Mrs Aldie Mackay reported seeing a ‘whale-like fish’ in the waters of Loch Ness.
From the car, she glanced out across the still calm waters of towards Aldourie Castle where she spotted something.
Mrs Mackay’s sighting was reported in the Inverness Courier on May 2, 1933 by Alex Campbell, the water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist.
It is widely regarded as the first modern ‘sighting’ of a monster in the loch.
In 2019, Prof Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, trawled Loch Ness and found no evidence of plesiosaur DNA.
However, he found a great deal of eel DNA and posited that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness and that these might be behind the Nessie sightings.
In 2020 startling images of a large creature inhabiting the depths of Loch Ness were captured on sonar off Invermoriston by skipper Ronald Mackenzie aboard his Spirit of Loch Ness tourist boat.
Feltham said they were the ‘most compelling’ evidence yet of the existence of a Loch Ness Monster.
It left experts astounded by the clarity of the image of an object, estimated then to be 32 feet long and hovering 62 feet above the bottom of the Loch.
Leading sonar expert Craig Wallace described the sonar images as ‘very curious’ ‘large, clear and distinct contacts, all strangely near to the loch bed’ and ‘100 percent genuine’.
According to Google, there are around 200,000 searches each month for the Loch Ness Monster, and around 120,000 for information and accommodation close to Loch Ness. The monster mystery is said to be worth £30m to the region.
Irish missionary St Columba is first said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD.
There have been five ‘official sightings’ this year of the Loch Ness Monster.
The official register has now logged 1161 sightings, including webcam images, from records and other evidence stretching back through the centuries.
One of the most well-known photographs of the Loch Ness Monster later proved to be a hoax.
In 1994, before his death at the age of 90, Christian Spurling confessed to his involvement in a plot to create the famous Surgeon’s Photo
British surgeon, Colonel Robert Wilson, came forward with a picture that appeared to show a sea serpent rising out of the water of the Loch.
Wilson claimed he took the photograph early in the morning on April 19, 1934, while driving along the northern shore of Loch Ness.
The object in the water was in fact a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.
This was revealed in 1994 when Christian Spurling, before his death at the age of 90, confessed to his involvement in a plot to create the famous Surgeon’s Photo.
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