Holidaymakers on the trip of lifetime have taken a mysterious photograph of a fast-moving large object – leading to claims that it could be the Loch Ness Monster.
Peter Jackson and Phillippa Wearne, of Sydney, Australia, were driving alongside Loch Ness in the Highlands when they saw something big gliding through the water.
Retired engineer Mr Jackson, 64, and former lawyer Ms Weare, 60, said they were stunned by what was only the second claimed sighting of the monster this year.
The tourists from Sydney, Australia, were driving alongside Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands when they saw a fast-moving large object in the water
‘It seemed to be moving fast but in the direction of the current. We just figured if he’s worked on here for years and not seen anything like it, then it must be something.’
Mr Jackson added: ‘We were dumbfounded but excited. We just thought ‘wow, what is it?’ It has been a childhood dream to come here.
‘We were just driving along when we spotted it. We stopped the car and ran back along the road to get the shots.’
The couple noticed the object moving at 5.18pm on June 22 about four miles south of Urquhart Castle, while driving north on the A82 on the west side of Loch Ness.
They safely stopped, ran back to find a clearing in the trees and took out their smartphones to take pictures.
Mr Jackson said: ‘I know I saw something and I know it was large so I am keeping an open mind.’
And Ms Wearne added: ‘We had a lovely feeling between ourselves watching it until it disappeared.’
Gary Campbell, registrar of sightings at Loch Ness, said: ‘It’s great that once again smartphone technology has allowed visitors to the area to snap something unusual at the loch.
‘This makes it much easier to identify known creatures which has led to a drop in recorded sightings over the past few years.
‘This is only the second sighting of 2017 to make it on to the official register and we’re already halfway through the year, so we’re delighted that Nessie appears to have popped up again.
‘With regard to Peter’s pictures, as with pretty much all Nessie photos, they are just that little bit indistinct.
‘However, the report that he has submitted gives much more detail on the distances and time frames and from this, there is really no clear explanation as to what the family caught on camera.’
He is appealing for anyone else who may have been in the area and seen anything similar on June 22 to get in touch.
The couple arrived in the UK on June 1 and will continue on their travels until returning home to Sydney on June 30.
Ms Wearne said: ‘It has always been a wish of ours to explore Scotland – we have Campbell and Cameron blood apparently.’
The mystery of the monster is being referenced in current ITV drama The Loch starring Laura Fraser as a policeman investigating a murder next to the loch.