Could England have their very own "Loch Ness Monster"?
Theories abound after a kayaking couple snapped what many are saying is the best evidence yet of an English "Nessie". Tom Pickles, 24, was taking part in a team-building exercise with his company CapGemini on Lake Windermere when he and his girlfriend spotted an object the size of three cars speeding past. It stayed on the surface for about 20 seconds.
"Each hump was moving in a rippling motion, and it was swimming fast," The Telegraph quoted the man. "Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal--it's not like any animal I've ever seen before. It was petrifying. We saw it for about 20 seconds. We paddled back to the shore straight away."
Pickles sighting is only the latest sighting of a long humpbacked creature – known by local residents as “Bownessie” – in the past last five years.
Of course, like other images of purported "Nessie" sightings, this one is grainy and lacking detail - having been captured using a cell phone camera. The world still awaits the first high-definition image of what many assume could be an ancient descendent of a plesiosaur.
All of this is good news for those that were worried the Loch Ness Monster may have gone extinct; despite no proof to the contrary that it has ever even existed in the first place. Last year, Gary Campbell, President of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, even went so far as to declare "Nessie" possibly dead due to a lack of sightings.
According to Campbell, those reports were fairly steady 10 years ago but have since fallen off over the last three years. In 2009, there was only one — but it gave some hope. “If it hadn’t been for that one, we would have been really, really worried,” he said.
So be of good cheer, believers! Turns out Nessie may just be grabbing a bit of R&R in Lake Windermere. Check out an ABC News story on the sighting below.