Best Nessie Footage Yet?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 1st, 2007

Can you see bumps on the head?

A new enhancement of the Gordon Holmes Nessie video, appears to show closeups of the “neck” and “head” popping up out of the water, thanks to Bill Appleton.

Gordon Holmes Loch Ness Monster

Major news organizations are demonstrating thoughtful interest in this cryptid footage.

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31 Responses to “Best Nessie Footage Yet?”

  1. The_Carrot responds:

    I spend a lot of time out on the water. That doesn’t resemble an otter or a seal, that’s for sure, if only because the ‘neck’ appears too long.

    Any word on what Adrian Shine thinks of this footage?

  2. tomdee27 responds:

    Looks like two seals swimming in tandem. IMHO. Possibly in a mating ritual? Is there a film available of seals swimming? That might be helpful to either confirm or rule that out.

  3. Bob Michaels responds:

    It looks real but let’s be wary. A type of animated water propelled Nessie much like Disney has done in the past at Epcot with a Great White Shark.

  4. tomdee27 responds:


    Actually, I found a YouTube video of a seal swimming off the coast of Dublin, Ireland. There are similarities although the creature in the Nessie video does seem to move much faster than the seal. Here’s the link:

  5. jayman responds:

    This is all very interesting, and needs to be followed closely. But realistically, is this footage any better than many of the disparaged “tubesquatch” vids?

  6. sschaper responds:

    In this version, the ‘head’ seems to move a little, but we are down in the noise now, unable to clearly distinguish edges, wave shadows, and the object, due to resolution, enhancement, and atmospheric effects.

    Other processing algorithms might produce better results.

    Let’s see what we find out about the guy.

  7. DWA responds:

    Um, head?

    Um, closeups?

    Thoughtful attention or no, you gotta show me. Slow news day over at CNN?

    Everything I’ve seen on this one says: it could be anything.

  8. Richard888 responds:

    Excellent video! Now I realize that what I perceived as a second neck veering away from the original stem looks like a flipper. By the way, how is the other research at Loch Ness coming along? Did they reach a conclusion about the “dead Nessie” at the bottom?

  9. sundevit responds:

    what’s interesting is that the head seems to be way before the hump / back (the major dark object) all the time and only becomes visible when the image get’s crisp. what appears to be a flipper to Richard888 seems to be rather a reflection of the head at the water surface to me. but of course it’s too early for any precise assumptions. it’s cool though … the video intruiged me, but i didn’t expect anything more to come from it. cool that it actually turns out to be relevant for the discussion.

  10. MattBille responds:

    This enhancement certainly rules out my initial thought that this might be another of Loch Ness’ famous wake effects. I don’t see any solution other than a swimming animal. The size, though, is still hard to make out, despite the witness’ using the shore to frame the initial moments. A seal, perhaps, or even an otter? I suspect someone will be able to give us an estimate of speed from those initial moments, and that will be helpful.

  11. Johngbcdg responds:

    What ever that is i filmed it in 2006 clip on here near end part but watch this thing.

  12. sundevit responds:

    assuming the waves of the surface are just of regular lake waves proportions this animal seem to be definitely bigger than an otter or regular eel … consider a normal lake’s wave and compare it to the size of an otter. no way that this comparison applies here. but, of course, we know nothing yet and might be completely wrong.

  13. Roger Knights responds:

    When professional video analysts get their hands on the footage, they should be able to un-blur the out-of-focus frames (somewhat) and make size estimates (since supposedly there are images of the shore in the take). They will also be able to detect or rule out some signs of digital hanky-panky. Etc.

    Likewise, when professional aquatic-life specialists have a look, this might remind them of something.

    Eyewitnesses of previous sightings whose descriptions were close to this object might also contribute something.

    Then we’ll have more solid food for thought.

    It’s a positive that the cameraman doesn’t seem to be mercenary and secretive about the footage. But his background should be checked.

  14. RockerEm responds:

    Looks pretty convincing to me!

  15. btgoss responds:

    There is a new Nessie movie coming out.

    Then there is new, really interesting looking Nessie footage.

    Then the reasonable person has to say, well this is interesting.

    To be honest, it looks more like “smokey” from lost. I think the reported video of crabs being unearth after 40 years under pavement is something that shows more interest then this video. It is just too close to be PR for that movie I am afraid.

  16. CryptoGoji responds:

    Johngbcdg, I looked at the end of your footage and the looked at them side by side with the new Holmes footage, very intersting to say the least. I think that we have too wait on the experts to “de-bug” the video and get a lot of the shake out of it, but every time I look at this video, I see a long neck and roundish hump several “feet” or so behind the bobbing head. The swimming is not that close to a seal, as seals tend to not spend extended periods at the surfacem as well as diving as they go under, not what we see in the Holmes video. The speed is somewhat faster than that of a swimming seal, but we can’t rule that out just to say “Yes Virginia, there is a Loch Ness Monster”.

  17. Richard888 responds:

    Somebody stabilize Johngbcdg’s video. The end part looks as reavealing as the amateur scientist footage.

  18. PhotoExpert responds:

    Who knows? It looks like a seal to me.

  19. Jason P. responds:

    Apparently, some of you have far better eyesight than I do…I cannot definitively make out any distinguishing characteristics on the object in this video.

  20. unitedcats responds:

    Yes, fascinating video, and I hope it gets all the scrutiny available. I’m still seeing a wave, propagating away and to the left of the photographer, breaking like a languid wave on a beach. The “parts” of the animal seem to move around almost at random, I don’t see them as anything more than shadows. An interesting and unusual confluence of boat wakes and/or other waves in the lake, but nothing more. I’d love to be proved wrong though; like Mulder, I want to believe.

  21. Mnynames responds:

    Well nice to see DWA’s in the same boat I am (Always good company) with regards to what we’re seeing here. I can sort of see where people are getting a neck and hump now, but I’m still not sure that they’re not camera artifacts or combinations of background shadows with foreground ones.

    This is definitely a very interesting piece of video, though, and hopefully a professional analysis will allow for a much better determination of what we are (Or are not) seeing here…

  22. peterbernard responds:

    I see a blur just next to the blur underneath a blur.

  23. Roger Knights responds:

    UnitedCats wrote:
    “An interesting and unusual confluence of boat wakes and/or other waves in the lake, but nothing more.”

    For over a minute? (I forget what the actual length of time was.)

    Confluences rarely last that long–they’re episodic.

  24. Saribou responds:

    To me, I am seeing something swiming with a bilateral paddling motion.

    If you watch the video, right after the “hump” comes up, there is a water splash on the near side. This is folloed by a couple splashes on the far side after the “head” pops up. It’s not the easiest to see, but if you look for the white water spray, at the line of the water, you can see it, and it has rhythm. I was a fan of the tandem seal idea until I noticed the paddling motion.

  25. coelacanth1938 responds:

    Just a weird, weird idea…
    Is it possible that the loch water can be “animated” somehow?

  26. autosoul responds:

    peterbernard is totally right…a blur under a blur

  27. DARHOP responds:

    Hmmmm, sorry, but I still don’t see any head or flipper or anything other than shadow. No matter how slow or enhanced you show it. Just don’t see it. I see something, but to say it’s Nessie is like saying I’m Santa. Sorry.

    I’m not saying I don’t believe there is something huge in the loch, (not saying I do either ) I’m just saying this film doesn’t show me much.

  28. DARHOP responds:

    Don’t see any hump either…

  29. richsd40 responds:

    Of course, for over 40 years I have wanted Nessie to be real, so I find this footage extremely interesting! I agree with Loren that we always need to check on where anything presented as evidence comes from, but I also think that even if Mr. Holmes says he was with aliens this weekend, we need to take the video for what it shows. If the video stands up to professional scrutiny, I don’t think it matters who shot it or what their background is! Also, I find the post by Greenmartian several days ago about military testing on Loch Ness fascinating, and I wish he/she would come back on and elaborate on the subject! If that was all true, then to me, the debate of IF something is there is over!!! It would now only be WHAT is there?

  30. CezA responds:

    And Another Thing , The Guy Who Did This Video

  31. UltimateCryptid responds:

    Has it occurred to any “Nessie” researchers to check with NASA and it’s satellites, whether at the exact time of day, Gordon Holmes’ video is indeed authentic? After-all, we all know many countries, besides the U.S. Gov’t. use spy satellites which can magnify an object, anywhere on Earth with precise accuracy.

    Perhaps, Loren Coleman with his connections to influential people in the scientific world community could obtain this information. Also, the use of satellite technology to definitively help solve the Loch Ness enigma, would in my opinion, be of tremendous help. Any of these satellites can also be programmed to “Watch and Record” any animate activity on the Loch. Food for thought!

    OK Loren, drink a V8 (lol) and Go Get them!!

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