After a very slow start to the year, sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have picked up significantly over the past month.
According to the Official Loch Ness Monster Register, there were only three “official” sightings of the creature from January through July.
Since August 17th, however, four more sightings have been recorded, bringing the total for 2023 to seven.
The latest sighting is very similar to the fifth sighting of Nessie this year, according to a report filed by the Official Loch Ness Monster Register.
Fiona Wade, visiting the area, reported seeing something similar to that which was reported by Alastair Gray (see below). She said, “It was almost identical to that seen on Saturday and probably in a very similar location, I might add that I was not aware of this sighting on Saturday until returning home this evening. It initially looked like a periscope but then two curved areas followed, it was moving and about half way out in the Loch looking roughly over to mid way between Foyers and Whitebridge. I have seen deer crossing before but this was like nothing I have seen before and I can only describe it as Nessie as I can’t think of any logical thing it could have been. It was large enough to catch my eye and it appeared to leave a slight wake behind it”. The sighting took place at 10.45am, the water was flat calm and there wad no nearby boat activity. It lasted about 30-40 seconds.
The Alastair Gray sighting occurred during the largest search for the Loch Ness Monster in 50 years.
“Mr. Gray, a civil servant, reported seeing three odd and seemingly connected shapes where one part was sticking out of the water at 45 degrees with two other humps going up and own as if it was moving,” wrote Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Register.
The sketch of what Alastair Gray saw can be viewed here.
In between Wade and Gray’s Nessie sightings was another one by a woman named Siobhan Janaway.
“There was something causing turmoil in the water off Foyers point then it coalesced into a single object moving at speed just under the surface causing at least a 20m white wake,” Janaway reported.
The photo of what she witnessed can be viewed here.
Also recently, a woman, inspired by the biggest search for the creature in over 50 years, finally revealed pictures she took of the Loch Ness Monster in 2018.
Prior to 2023, the creature had been “officially” six times in 2022, seven times in 2021, 13 times in 2020, 18 in 2019, 15 in 2018, 14 in 2017, and 11 in 2000.
There have been numerous other “unofficial” sightings as well over the years.