Loch Ness Monster sighting for Australian holidaymakers
NESSIE has made a specialappearance for Australian tourists who were enjoying a once-in-a-lifetimeholiday.
Peter Jackson (64) and Phillippa Wearne (60) from Sydney were drivingalongside Loch Ness when they saw something big and fast moving throughthe water.
Mrs Wearne, a retired lawyer, said: "I really was just stunned and Ithought, 'what is it?'
"It was pretty big even from 150 yards or more offshore. I didn't knowwhat to think. We took photos and showed them to people at a B&B andthen showed them to people on a cruise. Skipper for the Loch NessProject, Ali Matheson, said he had not seen anything like it.
"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 anythinglike it, then it must be something."
Mr Jackson, a retired engineer, said: "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 alongwhen we spotted it. We stopped the car and ran back along the road toget the shots."
The couple noticed the object moving in the water at 5.18pm about fourmiles south of Urquhart Castle. They were driving north on the A82 on the west side of Loch Ness. They safelystopped, 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 amkeeping an open mind."
Mrs Wearne agreed. She said: "We had a lovely feeling between ourselveswatching it until it disappeared."
Gary Campbell, register of sightings at Loch Ness, said: "It's greatthat once again smartphone technology has allowed visitors to the areato snap something unusual at the loch. This makes it much easier toidentify known creatures which has led to a drop in recorded sightingsover the past few years.
"This is only the second sighting of 2017 to make it on to the official register and we're already half way 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 reportthat he has submitted gives much more detail on the distances and timeframes and from this, there is really no clear explanation as to whatthe family have caught on camera."
He is appealing for anyone else who may have been in the area and seensomething similar on June 22 to get in touch.
The couple arrived in the UK on June 1 and will continue on theirtravels until returning home to Sydney on June 30.
Mrs Wearne said: "It has always been a wish of ours to explore Scotland,we have Campbell and Cameron blood apparently."
- For information on how to register sightings visitwww.lochnesssightings.com