NEWS: Loch Ness Monster Sightings in 2019 Climb to 16

It’s been quite a banner year for the Loch Ness Monster! Not only was Nessie the focus of a new research project that concluded the true identity of the famous sea monster could very likely be a giant eel, but Loch Ness Monster sightings in 2019 are also breaking records! With less than three months remaining in the year, reports of Nessie sightings have already climbed to 16, with one lucky monster hunter locking in one-quarter of them all by himself. It’s been almost 40 decades since the Loch Ness Monster has been encountered so many times in just one year, but with the rise of web cams and underwater cameras, it seems the loch might be more equipped than ever before to offer up glimpses of the mysterious monster that may - or may not - call Loch Ness home. Check out the record-breaking details in the article below from Daily Record:

Loch Ness 'monster' caught on camera TWICE in two weeks in record breaking year of sightings

Nessie has been filmed twice in just over a fortnight - making 2019 already the best for sightings of the legendary beast for 36 years.

Both recent clips show Nessie swimming in Urquhart Bay and were filmed on August 15 and September 2, taking the total so far this year to 16. 

Alena Horka, from the Czech Republic, made the 15th 'official' sighting of the creature, filming what she claims is a 30 metre long Nessie swimming fast towards the castle.

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Veteran Nessie cam watcher Eoin O'Faodhagain, from Co Donegal, Republic of Ireland, made the 16th sighting 16 days later.

Eoin claims he caught a 20-25 foot Nessie popping three feet out of the water as it swam in the shore.

Speaking today, about his achievement, Eoin, said: "It's hard to believe I am the 16th sighting, and my fourth for the year. I suppose when you sit down and think about it, it's hard to grasp the achievement, while other people have never got their first sighting.

"Something black pops up at intervals of four to five seconds on video covering a distance of about 20-25 feet at each interval. It's too hard to calculate the size of the object, but I would say it pops up at least three feet high out of water."

Alena's clip shows a black object in the far reaches of Loch Ness, captured while she was recording the scenery.

Alena reckons Nessie could be from a "higher dimension" that only certain people can see.

Speaking today, Alena added: "It is unbelievable. I found out that Nessie is a mystical creature - from a higher dimension. So everyone can't see it, only sensitive individuals."

Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist at the University of Otago, New Zealand, recently took 250 samples of water all over the Loch Ness.

After testing for DNA in the water, Prof Gemmell suggested Nessie could be an eel . 

A week ago, an underwater video emerged of a giant eel swimming around the water in the River Ness.

The Ness Fishery Board shot the footage capturing a large eel-shaped creature appearing to back the hypothesis made earlier this month by Professor Gemmell.

Research carried out last year revealed that the mythical creature is worth £41m a year to the Scottish economy.

There were 23 reported sightings of Nessie in 1983.

What do you think is really living in Loch Ness? How many more sightings will we see this year? Leave a comment!