I don’t know how, but this latest picture of the famous Loch Ness monster escaped my attention.  It was released in June, 2020 by Steve Challice. I immediately googled it when I heard about it, and at first glance I was really impressed.  I mean this really looks like something really large in one of the most famous lakes in the world.   

Quote from Steve: “I started taking a couple of shots and then this big fish came to the surface and then went back down again.”  He took the photo while on holiday at Urquhart Castle.  If this were a genuine picture it would easily rank in the top three of all time.  Some specialists said it appeared to be digitally altered – something Challice denied, despite being a 3D graphical artist. 

The truth finally was discovered, an article from 2018 which showed an angler with an amazing 284-pound catfish, that just so happened to have the exact pattern of spots as on our proclaimed Nessie.  Sometimes I think we humans want something to be true, so badly, that we unintentionally put our blinders on, and become very gullible.  

A New Zealand team scoured the lake last year looking for Nessie, and came up empty-handed. They collected DNA from all over the loch at different locations and depths and found nothing unusual.  Professor Neil Gemmel from the University of Otago said, “I think we can be fairly sure there is probably not a giant, scaly reptile swimming around Loch Ness.”

While unable to rule it out completely, the sad reality seems to lean toward the theory that there is no Loch Ness monster.  No matter how much we want things to be true, we must accept the facts.  

God bless you all,

RHM