Photo reignites debate over existence of Loch Ness Monster

Steve Challice and his brother visited the

Urquhart Castle — the ruins of which sit next

to the Loch Ness — in September 2019.

While he was there, he noticed a ripple in

the water near the opposite shoreline. He

thought it was a large, 8-foot-long fish

that was about 30 feet away from him.

“I started taking a couple of shots and then this

big fish came to the surface and then went back

down again. It only appeared in one shot and

to be honest that was something of a fluke”.

Challice decided to share the picture he took,

sparking a discussion over whether the water

creature was the Loch Ness Monster.

Some people have been convinced that the

creature depicted is the monster, although

Challice admitted that he has his doubts.

“I have to say I don’t believe in the Loch Ness

Monster … My guess would be that what I captured

was a catfish or something like that”.

The photo also caught the attention of

Roland Watson, who founded the Loch

Ness Mystery blog and had his doubts.

“At this point, I am in an ongoing conversation

with Steve as to the objections and concerns

I have about this being a Photoshop picture,

so we will see where that takes us”.

The Daily Record spoke to a digital photography

expert, who said Challice may have altered the

image’s color saturation and noted the blurry

lining around the animal in the picture.

Challice, however, denied

that he did any retouching

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