Could this be Nessie? Do we finally have photographic evidence of the existence of the Loch Ness monster? A photograph taken by long-time Nessie watcher George Edwards, 60, appears to show a large hump moving in the water. It was taken nine months ago at 9:00am on 2nd November 2011. Mr. Edwards said he been watching it for five to ten minutes as it moved slowly up the loch towards Urquhart Castle before slowly sinking beneath the water. He described it as “a dark grey colour” and “quite a fair way from the boat, probably about half a mile away.”
So why was the photograph not released until now? Mr Edwards explained: “I did not want to mention my sighting until I was sure I had not photographed a log or something inanimate in the water. I have friends in the USA who have friends in the military. They had my photo analysed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object in the water.”
One of the most likely explanations for monster sightings in Loch Ness is the existence of a family of plesiosaurs. More dramatic plesiosaur sightings have been recorded, but not verified, in other parts of the world, although the most famous prehistoric creature to have been found alive so far is probably the coelacanth. The first modern sighting of this ancient fish was in 1938, but individual specimens have been seen since, some of the most recent during an expedition off Sulawesi Island by a Japanese team in 2009.
Even so, many people are sceptical about the idea of a Loch Ness Monster, but proving it doesn’t exist is almost as hard as proving that there is no God. Because of its great depth, Loch Ness is the largest lake by volume in the UK. Searching this vast body of water to show that there are no prehistoric creatures hiding in its depths is almost impossible. Similarly the non-existence of God is not something that can be proved. In 2009 London buses carried atheistic advertisements stating “There’s probably no God …” Writing in the Guardian newspaper in October 2008, Ariane Sherine, the campaign’s creator, admitted that “it’s impossible to prove that God doesn’t exist.” Not one of us can claim to know everything there is to know. Who, for instance, knows exactly how many pebbles there are on Brighton beach? If there are gaps in our knowledge, how do we know that God is not in the gaps? In fact millions around the world today claim to know God personally, and to have experienced His touch upon their lives.
Maybe it’s not where you look that counts, but how you look, for God is waiting to be found. As God said through the prophet Jeremiah: “‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)