For George Edwards finding the Loch Ness monster is a passion and his career. For 26 years, Edwards has been scouting out Nessie and ferrying tourists around the lake on "Nessie Hunter" letting them in on the lore.
Now, he says he is entirely convinced he has evidence of her. According to the Daily Mail, Edwards, who spends 60 hours a week looking for Nessie, believes he has snapped a photo that confirms his long-held beliefs.
Here are more of his thoughts:
"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."
After watching the object for five to ten minutes, Mr Edwards said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced.
"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 said.
"The first recorded sighting was in 565AD and there have been thousands of eye witness reports since then.
"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 Daily Mail reports fellow Nessie hunter Steve Feltham calling it "the best photograph I think I have ever seen."
Continuing, Feltham says that although the photograph doesn't provide enough of a view to prove what Nessie is, "it does prove what Nessie isn't." Theories as to the strange images captured in photographs over the years have raised speculation that Nessie was a sturgeon. Without seeing a serrated spine in this latest photograph, Feltham says it shows Nessie is not this prehistoric looking fish.
Edwards took this photo on Nov. 2, 2011, but only just released it as he had "friends in the USA who have friends in the military" analyze it first. He said their analysis revealed that it was an animate object, not just a log or other piece of debris. Still, Discovery News, for example, takes issue with this saying if it were an inanimate object, such as a log, it would explain how a clear photo was taken:
The floating log hypothesis also explains why these images are unusually good: Unlike an animal or wave that appears for mere seconds and creates blurry images, a log remains stationary for minutes, allowing for sharper, clearer photographs. Then they sink back down to the lake floor never to be seen again, having created a monstrous, mysterious "best ever" photograph.
Discovery also makes note of the "strong economic incentive" some may have to promote Nessie sightings.
What do you think? Just another hoax? Wishful thinking? Or photographic evidence of the legendary monster?