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Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register yet to record first sighting of 2023

By Val Sweeney

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There has not been a recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster for five months.
There has not been a recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster for five months.

Nessie has yet to make the first appearance of 2023, according to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

It is now almost five months since the last recorded sighting in October.

But Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Register, is unworried, saying it is still early in the year and also there is no real pattern to sightings.

"From our point of view, I'd say it's really not unusual at all – we're not even at Easter yet and there have been many periods of up to a few months when Nessie hasn't been seen in the past," he said.

"As you'll be aware, there's no real pattern to Nessie sightings other than there are generally more in the summer than the winter.

"This is most likely down to much shorter daylight hours in the winter (and vice versa in the summer) and the fact that there are significantly more people around during the middle of the year so in terms on Nessie not being seen, I wouldn't worry yet."

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Last year, the register recorded six sightings of something mysterious lurking in Loch Ness.

In 2019, they were at their highest level this century when a total of 18 sightings were recorded – the highest since 1983.

They ranged from eyewitness accounts by visitors to the area to unusual objects spotted by people on the other side of the world scouring images on a live webcam of the loch.

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