After a record number of sightings last year the Loch Ness Monster has seemingly disappeared according to the keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register Gary Campbell.
The last official Loch Ness Monster sighting was reported back on August 21st of last year leading to Nessie being posted ‘missing’. It has now been eight months since that last reported Nessie sighting and Campbell told The Scotsman in a recent report that “It’s quite unusual for this length of time to pass with no sightings at all.” Campbell admitted that he was quite worried about Scotland’s most famous resident and said “When it comes to the reported sightings of Nessie, we reckon about half of those sent to us don’t make it onto the register – what’s really strange is that there has been nothing reported at all – not even sightings of things that we can discount.”
There was a potential Loch Ness Monster picture taken back in September of last year by 58-year-old amateur photographer Ian Bremner while he was driving around the Highlands. The photo showed what many believe was the elusive lake monster swimming in the calm waters of the Loch although there has been plenty of debate as skeptics think it is nothing more than a photo of three seals. According to Gary, the last official sighting took place on the west side of the loch near Drumnadrochit by Ian Campbell. According to the report, he spotted two creatures which measured approximately 30ft in length near the shore during a cycling trip. On that same day, dark or black shapes were reported near Urquhart Castle.
“Ian Bremner Loch Ness Monster Photo”
With everyone today seemingly walking around with cell phones capable of taking photos and or videos Campbell says he would have expected something to turn up during the last eight months. There is also the Loch Ness livecam which allows anyone around the world to watch for Nessie via a live stream webcam located on the website here. The webcam produced a couple of last years more interesting sightings as it continues to draw more and more viewers. But summer is right around the corner which is typically the time of year when Nessie appears along with an increased amount of tourist it seems likely that a 2017 Loch Ness Monster sighting is only a matter of time.
Campbell began keeping records more than 20 years ago and has logged over 1000 sightings over the years. He said a majority of reported sightings are not included in the register because there is often a simple explanation behind them. Any sightings of the creature that is proven to be a hoax are struck from the register.