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It was 'roughly the size of a double decker bus' as Nessie sighting 'made me jump out of my skin'

By Andrew Dixon

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Loch Ness.
Loch Ness.

The number of registered Nessie sightings in 2023 has reached double figures.

Two more in-person claims have been added to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, taking that tally to nine, with one webcam image also registered so far this year.

The double appear to have come on successive days.

The register stated that on October 7: "Sash Lake, visiting from Wiltshire, reported that at 12.20pm 'I was leaving Drumnadrochit on a coach, admiring the view while the coach was driving past the loch. It started to rain and a light fog rolled in, my view/vision was partly limited due to the trees alongside the loch, but something caught my eye for approximately five seconds and made me jump out of my skin, I saw a huge black mass/hump in the middle of the loch, roughly the size of a double decker bus.

"I would say it was around 75-100 yards away from me. I was confused, and in disbelief. I jumped to my feet to get a better look, trees completely blocked my view for about 5-8 seconds, there was a clearing in the trees, and when I looked back to where I saw the black mass/hump, there was nothing there.'"

She made a sketch of what she saw, which is on the official register's website.

The log has also added a sighting by John Howie, who took a photo from Urquhart Bay. He told the register: "On Sunday, October 8 at around 5pm, I spotted something mysterious in the loch, moving slowly towards the tree line before it disappeared. It was estimated to be around 12-15ft long."

We reported that sighting prior to it being made an official sighting.

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