A fourth “official” sighting of the Loch Ness Monster has been registered this year – with two ‘black humps’ seen in the water.
Nessie enthusiast Eoin O’Faodhagain claims to have spotted the shapes around 10 feet apart and splashing around in Loch Ness in the Highlands last Friday.
The 56-year-old said he noticed the mythical beast “rising up and down” near Urquhart Castle, the area where sightings of the mystery creature are at their highest.
Eoin has had 12 sightings recorded by the Official Loch Ness Monsters Sightings Register since 1987.
The health worker from Donegal, Ireland, managed to record the strange disturbance via a Loch Ness webcam.
His video shows thick ripples out in the water, despite there being no boats on the loch.
Two large breaks in the water appear with a rough distance of ten feet between them.
The “humps” slowly move over the surface of the water for an extended period of time before completely disappearing.
Eoin immediately sent his new sighting across to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sighting Register who then registered it as an official sighting.
He said: “While watching the webcam in the late afternoon, my attention was attracted to a disturbance in the water in the middle of the lake.
“A black shape broke the surface with a wake. It was moving slowly but was causing a lot of water agitation around it.
“Two black hump-like shapes seemed to be popping up and down as it cut through the surface of the Loch. “The object is viewed for 1 minute 41 seconds, after this it just disappeared.
“There was no boat activity on the lake at the time of the sighting.”
He added: “On my very first visit I had a sighting of a large mottled brown hump near Invermoriston in July 1987.
“That sighting only intrigued me further into the Loch Ness Monster. I have now captured 12 sightings to date in the last four years.”
Eoin claimed to have seen “two black shapes” about 100 feet apart splashing in the water on 19 January and 22 January this year.
Another Nessie fanatic, Kalynn Wangle, from Oregon USA logged the first sighting for 2021 on January 11 when she noticed a V shape in the loch that was only there for a few seconds.
The 27-year-old’s sighting shows a black blur near the front of the bay for the webcam beside a tree.
There were 13 confirmed sightings of the monster last year, including one using ground-breaking sonar and camera equipment and a heavily contested picture photograph that some claimed was faked.
Last September, researchers from New Zealand claimed that the Loch Ness Monster could be a large eel, extracting DNA from water samples to test for this.
Research carried out in 2018 revealed that the mythical creature is worth £41 million a year to the Scottish economy.