Loch Ness monster hunters wanted as biggest search in 50 years is about to begin

The Loch Ness Centre in Scotland is on a recruitment push for volunteers ahead of a renewed hunt for “Nessie” 90 years on from the first sighting of the mythical beast.  

This will be the biggest hunt in 50 years and it’s taking place on the weekend of August 26 and 27, 2023.

It is being being organised by The Loch Ness Centre in Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness Exploration, a volunteer research team and it’s free.

It will be led by Alan McKenna of Loch Ness Exploration. The Loch Ness Centre is wanting the next ‘generation of monster hunters’ to help discover the truth and be party to history in the making.

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The Loch Ness Centre said its team will deploy drones equipped with infrared cameras so they can produce thermal images of the water from the air. A hydrophone will also be used to detect acoustic signals under the water.

Volunteers will be asked to keep an eye out for any breaks or other movements in the water, with guidance from experts on what to look out for and how to record findings.

“It’s our hope to inspire a new generation of Loch Ness enthusiasts,” said Mr McKenna.

To date, there have been more than 1,140 official sightings of the monster. They are logged on The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

In 1933, the manager of the old Drumnadrochit Hotel reported spotting a “water beast” in the loch, the largest body of freshwater by volume in the United Kingdom and one of its deepest.

This year alone, there have been three sightings so far. 

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On 15 June, Etienne Camel, a pharmacist from Lyon and his wife, Eliane claim to have spotted a 65ft long dark shape moving just beneath the surface of the water for several minutes.

On May 31 Ceci, from the US caught on camera the object below at 3.15pm and on 5 April, Francesca McGarvey from Paisley saw something around 11.52am.

She described seeing a dark shape emerge from the water, travelling north.

There were humps seen, possibly like the back of a whale, about 20ft in total. 

However the photographs taken in 1933, by George Spicer who described the creature as having a huge body with no limbs and first photograph what was thought to depict the Loch Ness Monster with a long neck and thick body. 

Tourists still flock to the loch in the hope of spotting Nessie. This August will be no exception.

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