Online debates sparked over the weekend after a tourist shared photos of a creature spotted in Loch Ness in Scotland. The tourist, Steve Challice, snapped the photos while on vacation in September of 2019. However, he only went through them recently.
Challice spoke with UK’s Daily Record he captured the images in the water at Urquhart Castle. He took photos of the water and saw a “big fash” that came to the surface. “It only appeared in one shot and to be honest that was something of a fluke,” he said.
The amateur photographer estimates the creature was about 10 yards away and was about 2.5 yards long. “Took this in Loch Ness last September but I don’t know what kind of fish it is,” he wrote.
Roland Watson, a moderator of the Loch Ness Mystery blog, quickly reached out to Challice to discuss the photos. Provided the photo is authenticated, Watson explains how important it could be to the Loch Ness Monster theories. “If this is a genuine picture of a creature in Loch Ness, it would easily rank in the top three of all time,” Watson said.
Skeptics Weigh In
Social media critics questioned the photo, claiming Challice used computer-generated imagery to doctor the picture. “No it’s just a fish but not sure what sort,” he responded in a Facebook discussion. “Love the idea of cgi but I’m not that good at it.”
Watson claims he asked Challice for more images taken. He says it took Challice four days before getting photos taken moments before the creature surfaced in the water.
Watson did, however, discover information that he says “raised a big red flag.” He continued by writing in his blog, “I first found out more about our photographer and discovered on his LinkedIn page that he was a 3D graphical artist and he had a portfolio of images of various constructions such as the one below. To be clear, he earns a living creating CGI – computer generated images.”
Currently, Watson remains skeptical of the photo’s authenticity. “I could have performed further analysis, but at this stage, there are discrepancies which need to be answered first and which currently render this photograph unusable as evidence for a large creature in Loch Ness,” he wrote.