It seems not long ago people were speculating that the Loch Ness monster known as Nessie had possibly died. It seemed as though the creature had disappeared, as sightings all but vanished. 2015 seems to have turned all that around. Sightings of the Loch Nes monster hit a 13-year high this past year. That's good for cryptozoologists, and great for tourism. Hmmm...
Despite growing skepticism over the existence of the legendary creature, visitors to the famous Scottish lake have continued to report fresh sightings over the last twelve months.
Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, has stated that while most of the sightings can be explained, five have gone down on record as genuinely intriguing.
The most recent took place on September 15th when local man Conor McKenna spotted a 20ft-long dark-colored object in the water as he was driving along south of Urquhart Castle.
Earlier in the year Dee Bruce had been on her way to Skye with her partner when she observed a strange black creature emerging from the water near the north end of the loch. Another couple also reported a very similar sighting next to Urquhart Castle later on that same month.
"This has been a vintage year for Nessie sightings," said Campbell. "We’ve had five bona fide reports from people who were at the loch."
"This is the first time in 13 years that there have been this number of sightings reported by people who saw something while they were at Loch Ness."