A SCOTS mum and daughter were shocked when their stroll was interrupted by a sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.
Louise Power and mum Jennifer Macrae believe they spotted Nessie while they were out walking along the Great Glen Way above Temple Pier at Drumnadrochit on November 15.
The pair’s claim they saw the iconic river creature was registered as the 13th official sighting of Nessie this year.
The Loch Ness spot came just next to where Louise, 38, has stayed all her life.
The high school clerical assistant told how eagle-eyed mum Jennifer, 60, saw “something strange” in the water while out walking.
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She said: “Mum saw it first and said ‘look!’ and I just said ‘be quiet’. I expected to see a seal or something but we spent 20 minutes watching this thing moving slowly along the middle of the loch.
“There was a wake after it and during that time it did not disappear – it just kept moving slowly.
“Then it turned towards Dores with a big wave and just went under the water and disappeared.”
She added: “I just couldn’t believe it. It was quite big and whitish grey. I couldn’t put an exact size on it – other than it was big. We have both lived here all our lives and we have never seen anything like that before.
“I did believe that there was something unexplained in the loch – now I know there is! When it turned away from us the waters were really disturbed and we watched it for another five minutes before it went under.
“At the end of our sighting it did not look as long as it did at the beginning – you could not make out its exact shape.
“I run and walk along that road regularly and I have never seen anything unusual before in all those years. I’ve been trying to rationalise it in my head since but I’m baffled.”
Louise’s nearby neighbour Ross MacAulay – a former Nessie sceptic – saw a similar creature in July this year.
He said: “I started watching it for five minutes. There was no long neck, no head, just the hump bit.
“I would say it was 12ft long and 4ft wide, at its widest. It was light grey and it went under the water then up and then disappeared.”
Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Sightings Register, has accepted the encounter on November 15 as a record.
He said: “This is the 13th accepted sighting this year which in a year of lockdown is incredible.
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“Normally there would have been half-a-million visitors to the loch, but the sightings have held up with so many less people about. The mystery is as strong as ever.
“It just shows that whatever the situation Nessie has not gone away and is finishing the end of the year with another unexplained appearance. It all adds to the mystery and is in many ways it is a vintage year for sightings.
“This latest one is another unexplained phenomenon at Loch Ness. We will never have firm evidence without a carcass – which none of us want.”
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Source: The Anomalist