Click to look closely at this photo of the Loch Ness Monster.
Somewhere in my own past I’ve got Scottish ancestors, so I was intrigued by this story about the famous Scottish lake monster, Nessie.
On August 2012, George Edwards took a clear photo of the Loch Ness Monster.
Mr. Edwards had been searching for the creature for years, so when he took his photo, he believed he proved the myth was real.
He said he saw this dark hump gliding through the water towards Urquhart Castle, seen in the background of his photo.
At first, he said, he didn’t want to show anyone:
"I did not want to mention my sighting until I was sure that I had not photographed a log or something inanimate.
I know peoples in the USA who have friends in the military. They had my photo analyzed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object.
I was really excited as I am sure that some strange creatures are lurking deep in Loch Ness."
When he finally revealed his picture, it attracted worldwide attention, as do most photos of the mysterious creature.
About a year after his photo was taken, Mr. Edwards had more to reveal.
He said his photo was fake.
And yet he feels he was merely helping out the monster, just as the monster was helped out by a famous photo called the "Surgeon’s Photograph" taken in 1934.
"So as far as I’m concerned it’s perfectly valid, just a bit of fun. How do you think Loch Ness would have fared over the years without that picture? I have no guilt about what I have done."
The Surgeon’s photo of Nessie in "The Daily Mail"
It seems that his photo caused a rift within the local Chamber of Commerce, with some members opposed to the fakery, and others, well, not so opposed.
Mr. Edwards makes his living taking tourists out on his boat, Nessie Hunter IV.
It’s so sad, really, because we all know what Nessie really is.
The truth about the Loch Ness Monster
The Nessie hump Mr. Edwards photographed is made of fiberglass and may have also been used in a National Geographic documentary.
Another truth – Mr. Edwards and his fiberglass fib.
– ‘My monster snap was just the latest Loch Ness hoax’ CRUISE boat operator George Edwards has admitted he faked a photo of the Loch Ness Monster. Express, UK>>
– Water Horse, Nessie and Sex, Cryptomundo>>
– Pictures of the day, 3 August 2012, Telegraph>>
– The Legend of Loch Ness, Nova, PBS>>