The Loch Ness Monster was spotted on sonar after a mysterious shape was detected 600-feet below the surface, it’s claimed.
The image captured by retired skipper Rod Michie, 77, has emerged just a month after a similar sighting.
He has spoken out about his find after two images were captured in October by Ronald Mackenzie aboard his Spirit of Loch Ness tourist boat.
The image appeared to show either a 33-foot-long Nessie, or simply a large shoal of fish.
Michie’s image was recorded on the Jacobite Queen in June 2015 off Urquhart Castle – said to be a favorite haunt of Nessie – at around 750 feet.
He decided to come forward with his sonar image, saying: “I used to see surprising things visually or by sonar, but every time there was a logical explanation.
“But this contact was different. It really is unexplained. I passed over this point many times later but never saw anything again.
“I also know Ronald Mackenzie well and he is a genuine guy. There is something unexplained down there. My guess is that it is big eel – 20 to 30-feet long.
“The equipment is improving all the time and that is most likely to solve the mystery of Nessie.
“I saw things over the years that I did not want to make a lot of for fear of ridicule, but this sighting in 2015 was very similar to Ronald’s.”
Michie has wondered if his image was possibly the lost model of Nessie, which was used during the filming of 1970’s “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”.
That was finally located in 2016 by leading sonar expert Craig Wallace, who has said he is willing to come to Loch Ness with sophisticated sonar equipment to try and find what was inhabiting the depths.
Nessie expert Steve Feltham, who has set a world record for the longest vigil of looking for the Loch Ness Monster, says Mackensie’s sonar images are the “most compelling” evidence of the existence of the legendary creature.
The monster is said to be worth $52 to the region in tourism income.
Irish missionary St Columba is first said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD.
Among the most famous claimed sightings is a photograph taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson.
The image was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged.
There have been ten accepted sightings this year by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
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