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Sonar picks up large object under Loch Ness, sparking Nessie claims

By Neil MacPhail

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THE skipper and passengers on a Loch Ness cruise boat reckon they have spotted Nessie underwater using the boat’s sonar equipment.

Skipper Mike Bell’s recording was of a 25ft (7.6m) long moving object has been accepted as a “monster” sighting by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sighting Register, the ninth this year.

Mr Bell (24) was on the Loch Ness Cruises vessel Nessie Hunter off Urquhart Castle when a family noticed the exciting image on the publicly displayed sonar screen.

He could hardly believe it when he checked it out, he is reported as saying.

He turned the boat round to try and pick up the object again, but it had disappeared.

He said: “I would like to think it was Nessie. It was bigger than any fish I know of in the loch and about 35 metres (115ft) down.”

Sonar, which was originally an acronym for 'sound navigation ranging', uses sound propagation to navigate, communicate with or detect objects on or under the surface of the water.

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