Is This ‘Photo’ of the Loch Ness Monster Real?

The Loch Ness monster has long been a creature of myth and mystery. Nicknamed "Nessie," the monster is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Earlier this month, amateur Irish photographer Ian Bremner snapped a picture of what appears to be the legendary sea monster. In the image, three humps of the serpent pop above the water and end with a head.

However, skeptics point out that the photo could actually be seals playing near the shore. Upon closer inspection the hump on the far left has a head that looks a lot like a seal.

Ian claims to not have seen the purported monster in the image until later. There is also the possibility the photo has been doctored.

Nessie has had a long history of mistaken sightings actually being large fish, wakes in the water or even out-right fakes.

Sightings of the lake monster date back to the early 6th century and on into modern time, with thousands of eye witness accounts. The first and most famous recorded sighting was that of a photo published in the Daily Mail in 1934. The photo was supposedly taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson, who refused to have his name associated with its publishing.

Considered by many as the strongest piece of evidence to support the existence of Nessie, many have come forward with claims that the photo is a fake.

It has since been scrutinized and concluded that the Nessie in the photo is just a toy or serpent prop.

Many other sightings and video accounts keep the legend of Nessie alive, but despite scientists’ explanations and countless accounts of the loch ness monster being debunked, believers still hold onto the belief that there is something lurking in loch ness.