A new Loch Ness monster photo, taken by a man who spent 26 years searching for the creature, may be proof that the monster may exist.
George Edwards, 60, has spent much of his life trying to find Nessie, the Scottish lake monster that has been the topic of old wives tales for many years. Edwards spent over two decades searching for the Loch Ness monster. He was so determined to find it that he spent up to 60 hours a week on the water.
Now Edwards believes he has finally found the creature and he has a photograph to prove it. The image shows a dark single hump popping out of the lake's waters. Edwards took the photo from his boat, appropriately named 'Nessie Hunter,' before the supposed creature disappeared again.
"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,' said Edwards, according to 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," he added.
Edwards claims he watched the hump for about five to ten minutes before it sank under the water and disappeared.
"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," he told the Daily Mail.
Edwards snapped the photo on Nov. 2, 2011, but he waited to release it because he wanted confirmation from experts.
Edwards thinks the photo is the best one yet and he says even experts agree. Edwards claims that the image was verified by US military monster experts. However Edwards' claims come off as a bit strange as there is no US military monster expert team. He claims that the military experts confirmed that he "photographed an animate object in the water," meaning it could have been any creature.
Some say that sturgeons may be an explanation for the mysterious Loch Ness monster sightings but Edwards claims that a Loch Ness monster expert said the photo was definitely not a sturgeon.
Edwards, who has spent so much of his time looking for the monster in convinced that the photograph shows the creature. He even takes tourists out on his boat, the Nessie Hunter IV and he has led several Loch Ness monster hunts. He cites that since so many people have reported sightings of the creature since 565 AD, the monster must really exist.
'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.'
The photo does not show anything convincing. The object in the photo could have easily been mistaken for something else and it raises a lot of questions. For instance, if he followed the creature for five to ten minutes, shouldn't there be more than one photo? Also it is difficult to determine the size of the object in the photo as it could be anywhere from five to 50 feet long, depending on how far away the photo was taken. There are no surrounding objects to compare it to.
The Loch Ness monster has been intrigued people since it was brought to the world's attention in 1933. Several other photos throughout history have turned out to be a hoax or they were simply confused with something that was later explained.