The Initial Sighting
When the alleged picture of the Loch Ness Monster first appeared on Facebook, people wasted no time sharing it with their friends. The image quickly made its way to Twitter, and before long, thousands of users were posting the photo and talking about it. Plenty of people were willing to believe it was real because why not?
The picture was allegedly taken by Steve Challice back in 2019, although the man told the Daily Record that he didn’t believe in the creature’s existence. He thought there was a logical explanation for the animal in the photo, as well as all the previous supposed sightings of Nessie.
Not What It Seems
Given everything that’s happened this year, an appearance from the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t seem that crazy. However, despite people’s adamance on social media, that wasn’t actually Nessie in the picture. It was apparently a Wels catfish that had supposedly been photoshopped into the image. The creature appeared to have the same markings as that of a massive catfish caught by Benjamin Gruder back in 2018. Although the coloring was different, digital sleuths were sure that it was simply a case of digital trickery.
While we don’t know for certain that the image was faked, it seems a likelier answer than Challice actually photographing the Loch Ness Monster. If the picture is real, then the creature is probably just a Wels catfish. Still, we can’t blame people for hoping it was Nessie. After all, this year could do with something magical to make us smile.