Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 3rd, 2012
The photo is making the rounds, and it is a good one, allegedly, of the Loch Ness Monster.
Loch Ness skipper George Edwards took the photo at 9am on 2nd November last year on a compact Samsung digital camera that he always keeps on the boat.
The famed area of Loch Ness now known as “Edwards Deep” was named in 1989, after George Edwards’ finding of a depth reading of 787 feet, about 37 feet more than had previously been recorded. Later, they retraced the route with new GPS equipment, and eventually they recorded a depth of 812 feet, the greatest known depth ever recorded in Loch Ness.
Steve Feltham, who has dedicated the past 21 years to hunting for Nessie was unequivocval. He said: “It is the best photograph I think I have ever seen.” .
“I was just about to return to Temple Pier (in Drumnadrochit) and I went to the back of the boat which was facing the pier and that’s when I saw it,” said 60-year-old George Edwards, a lifelong believer in the monster.
Syndicated for Inverness Courier
George Edward’s Nessie picture, he only took one frame, shown here in full, also in close up.
NESSIE hunter George Edwards waited 26 years for this moment and he now believes he has the best picture ever taken of the Loch Ness monster.
He spends his life on the loch around 60 hours a week – taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV, and has led numerous Nessie hunts over the years.
But this image is the one thats convinced him that there really is a monster or monsters – out there. It shows a mysterious dark hump moving in the water towards Urquhart Castle.
Photo credit: George Edwards/John Jeffay/Cascade News Ltd.
It has been known for years by Loch Ness Monster researchers that the best witnesses for the cryptids in the Loch did not claim “head” descriptions but an overturned boat, the “back of a whale,” or a “walrus like back” for the Loch Ness Monsters. This photograph appears to be a match to what people have been describing for decades.
Questions that need to be answered in analyzing the photograph are:
Why no wake?
Are those ripples around the “body” from the creature or object coming up in the water?
How tall is this object?
While only one photograph?
Edwards apparently thought about some of these questions.
Before releasing it publicly he sent it to the USA for analysis, though he can’t reveal further details.
‘I did not want to mention my sighting until I was sure that I had not photographed a log or something inanimate in the water,’ he said. ‘I have friends in the USA who have friends in the military.
‘They had my photo analysed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object in the water. I was really excited as I am sure that some strange creatures are lurking in the depths of Loch Ness.’
Edwards had the picture independently verified by a team of US military cryptid experts as well as a Nessie sighting specialist.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.