'Loch Ness Monster' Captured on Camera Shortly Before Scientists to Sweep Loch for Strange DNA

 Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness.

Hospital clerical worker Eoin O'Faodhagain used the Loch Ness webcam on April 30th of this year to capture a ten minute video of an unusual creature swimming in the loch.  The video comes just a few weeks before scientist Neil Gemmell and his team of researchers plan to sweep the loch to search for samples of unknown DNA. 

O'Faodhagain said he's watched the webcam overlooking Loch Ness for years.

“I just click in now and then for 20 minutes--it’s better than watching Coronation Street,” he said. “I seen a couple of things over the years, but they have been explained as a boat or something else.”

That changed on April 30th, when the County Donegal native saw something strange swimming in the loch toward Urquhart Bay--a popular area for sightings of the monster.

I couldn’t believe my eyes,” O'Faodhagain said. "I just started recording it on my phone. I just followed it."

"It was very unusual, it was certainly something big--it dived down and up again and dived and disappeared," he said.  "It was not a boat and not a log."

"I would say it was Nessie.  I believe in Nessie but not as a plesiosaur--but as something that has evolved in Loch Ness over thousands of years," explained O'Faodhagain.

O'Faodhagain's video is the second record this year to be accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

"As far as Nessie footage goes this is a feature film," said Gary Campbell, Keeper of the Official Register of Sightings at Loch Ness.

"Normally you only get videos of one of two seconds," he explained.  "It is remarkable in its length and again shows the increased sightings of Nessie from the internet."

"Clearly, it is something that dives in and out of the surface with water splashes and reflections," Campbell said.  "It is unexplained. The object would be no larger than 20ft. There is something there on the video that is clearly moving.”

Sightings of Loch Ness's elusive monster are on the rise, with 11 accepted sightings in 2017--the highest number of sightings in a single year so far this century.