PUBLISHED: 14:13, Wed, Oct 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:14, Wed, Oct 7, 2020
The Loch Ness Monster is as much of a myth as it is a tourist attraction, with tourists adding millions of pounds to the Scottish economy each year. Since 1933, interest in the monster, affectionately dubbed Nessie, has exploded and people flock to the shores of Loch Ness to catch a glimpse of the supposed beast. Bookies at Paddy power now believe the monster could soon be revealed to the world after sonar images have emerged, purporting to show the ancient beast.
The sonar images were snapped by a tour boat operator Ronald Mackenzie at a depth of more than 500ft.
They reveal an object about 33ft long, which some experts have dubbed the "most compelling" evidence of the existence of Nessie to date.
Mr Mackenzie, 49, director of Cruise Loch Ness, said: "It was a bit of a dreich day and we only had 12 passengers.
"We were at our halfway point off Invermoriston, where we turn around. The water is 189m deep there.
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Loch Ness Monster: Ronald Mackenzie picked up a 30ft object in the loch's waters (Image: SWNS)
"The passengers were quite excited because we had just spotted a sea eagle, but then I saw on the sonar something more eye-catching.
"It was right in the middle of the loch at about 170m down. It was big – at least 10m. The contact lasted 10 seconds while we passed over."
Mr Mackenzie, who has been on the loch, the Scot word for lake, since he was 16, claims he has never seen anything like it.
The sonar images have also inspired bookies at Paddy Power to slash the odds of Nessie finally seeing the light of day this year from 10/1 to 4/1.
A Paddy Power spokesman said: "2020 is truly the year that keeps on giving, and this time, we believe the latest gift is in the form of the maybe not-so mythical creature, the Loch Ness Monster."
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