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Two more Nessie sightings in wake of giant eel claims


By Gregor White


There have now been 16 "official" sightings of the monster at Loch Ness this year.
There have now been 16 "official" sightings of the monster at Loch Ness this year.

A pair of Loch Ness Monster sightings in the last fortnight bring the total so far for 2019 to 16.

Both recent clips show Nessie swimming in Urquhart Bay and were filmed on August 15 and September 2, taking the total so far this year to 16.

Alena Horka, from the Czech Republic, made the 15th "official" sighting on August 15, filming what she claimed was a 30-metre-long Nessie swimming towards Urquhart castle.

The 16th sighting was made by Irishman Eoin O'Faodhagain on September 2 via the official Nessie cam.

He said he saw Nessie popping three feet out of the water as it swam close to the shore.

"Something black pops up at intervals of four to five seconds on video, covering a distance of about 20-25 feet at each interval," he said.

"It's too hard to calculate the size of the object, but I would say it pops up at least three feet high out of water."

Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist at the University of Otago, New Zealand, recently took hundreds of water samples from various points in the loch with analysis leading him to suggest last month that Nessie could be a giant eel.

Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago.
Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago.

After testing for DNA in the water, Prof Gemmell suggested Nessie could be an eel .

The Loch Ness Monster is estimated to be worth £41 million a year to the Scottish economy.



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