Claire Carter Daily Mail, UK
* Richard Collis captured video footage of a strange figure in Loch Ness
* Video appears to show the long neck and head of the infamous monster
* Nessie appears around 500ft away from the shore in the middle of water
* Mr Collis said he is normally a sceptic but cannot explain what is in the video
* It is the latest Nessie sighting – with first recorded around 1,500 years ago
* Thousands of photos have been taken, claiming to have captured the monster, and experts have held dozens of investigations to find Nessie
It has long been one of Scotland’s biggest mysteries, attracting dozens of monster hunters, experts and even paranormal investigators over almost 1,500 years.
And now it appears the Loch Ness monster may finally have been caught on camera.
Video footage appears to show Nessie emerging from the waters of Loch Ness, the creature’s head and long, thin neck visible amid the choppy waters.
It was filmed on an iPhone by tree planter Richard Collis, who stopped next to the bank after noticing a strange figure in the water as he drove past.
He believes the creature was around 500ft away from the shore, about a mile away from Fort Augustus. He believes he managed to have filmed it for two minutes.
He saw it moving through the waters in the direction of Invermoriston.
Mr Collis told the Daily Record: ‘As I was watching, I was thinking what the hell is that.
‘The loch was quite rough and I wanted to get as best a picture that I could possibly get because I knew it wasn’t going to last forever.’
Mr Collis admits himself to being a sceptic and said he has fished the loch as a child and an adult and had never seen the infamous monster.
He said the image he captured looks similar to one of the most famous photographs of Nessie, taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson. It was later exposed as a hoax.
However Mr Collis admitted he cannot explain what is in the photo.
He said: ‘As I say I don’t really believe in anything like that until I see it but what I saw was obviously what the Loch Ness Monster is – I’m not saying it was a fire breathing dragon and I never saw teeth or anything like that, but I must have thought there was something there if I stopped to take pictures.’
The existence of the Loch Ness monster has long been shrouded in mystery and speculation
The first sighting dates back almost 1,500 years and is contained in a Latin transcript.
Since then thousands of images have emerged with many dismissed as hoaxes, but some seem to be hard to question.
Last week Greek-born Jonathon Bright, who previously worked as a paranormal investigator, claimed to have proof that the infamous Nessie exists. He revealed a photograph, taken three years ago, which appeared to show the monster’s head emerging from the Scottish depths.
Mr Bright travelled to Scotland six years ago to investigate the origins of the Loch Ness monster and is still working to find conclusive proof of the existence of the beast.
Interest in the existence of the Loch Ness monster has spanned almost 100 years, with Colonel Wilson’s photo in 1934 as well as 1067 sightings recorded by the Loch Ness Monster Fan Club.
Just last year a satellite image taken by Apple’s satellite map app appeared to have captured a 100ft long monster in the waters with large flippers.
SATELLITE IMAGE REVEALS MYSTERIOUS SHAPE LURKING IN LOCH NESS
In 2013, this shadowy form measuring around 100ft long and seemingly having two giant flippers powering it through the waters of Loch Ness was photographed by Apple’s satellite map app.
The image was studied by experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, who concluded it is ‘likely’ to be the elusive beast.