Has Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, finally been captured on film? Marcus Atkinson certainly thinks so after seeing an image on his sonar equipment that could prove Nessie's existence.
Atkinson was in the Loch's Urquhart Bay when the sonar equipment first spied an unknown image that was 75 feet long and almost 5 feet wide. It followed Atkinson's boat for almost two minutes, leading him to believe he had finally seen the Loch Ness Monster.
"I was dropping customers at Urquhart Castle and then got my boat out of the way of the other tour companies," Atkinson told the Daily Mail. "I moved out into the water and looked at the sonar and saw this image had appeared. The device takes a reading of the depth and what is below the boat every quarter of a second and gradually builds up a picture, so it covered a time of about five minutes."
"The object got bigger and bigger, and I thought 'bloody hell' and took a picture with my mobile phone," Atkinson explained. That picture won him first prize in the Best Nessie Sighting of the Year Award given by local bookmaker William Hill.
"There is nothing that big in the Loch. I was in shock, as it looked like a big serpent," Atkinson said. "It's amazing. You can't fake a sonar image. I have never seen anything returned like this on the fish finder. It is a bizarre shape to me. I have shown it to other experienced skippers and none of us know what it is."
The image on the sonar is long and cylindrical, almost in the shape of an over-sized eel. Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, is long and large and in what grainy photos have been shown, is similar to a long-necked dinosaur.
"I have seen a lot of pictures in 21 years of being here," Atkinson added. "But this is the most clearest image yet. Undoubtedly, there is something in the loch."