That Viral Loch Ness Monster Photo Turned Out To Be A Catfish
There is a new photograph circulating of a creature swimming in Loch Ness. Interest in Nessie, the large “dinosaur” creature that has been rumored to inhabit those waters, resurged as a result of it.
There is a problem with the picture, and it’s something you need to know. The image has been manipulated digitally.
An investigation was conducted by the Loch Ness Mystery blog after the image was posted in a Facebook group in mid-June. The group’s founder, Steve Carrington, was the one who posted the picture.
According to Carrington, he visited Loch Ness in September 2019 when he took the picture. He was just taking general pictures at the time when he saw a ripple in the water. It was then that an aquatic creature appeared, so he captured one of the pictures that went viral.
The Mirror, a UK tabloid, quoted him as saying: “I have to say I don’t believe in the Loch Ness Monster and frankly I think if anything is there then there is a logical explanation for most of the sightings.”
He went on to say that he thought he probably captured a picture of a catfish or something similar. It seems as if he was right.
More specifically, it was a wels catfish (Silurus glanis) that was caught back in 2018 in the river Po by Benjamin Gründer, Kai Weber, and Marcus Brock. Don’t get me wrong, the catfish was a monster, weighing 286 pounds and was 105.5 inches in length.
— Angling Times (@angling_times) March 1, 2018
Something that you should know about catfish is the pigmentation patterns on their backs are similar to a fingerprint. Each catfish has a unique print.
Twitter users didn’t waste any time in catching the fact that the prints did match to what was shown on Carrington’s image from “Loch Ness.” They are exactly alike.
Can’t believe we gotta say this, but the loch ness monster picture is fake. Compare these unique patterns here pic.twitter.com/shG5dVAXGr
— Bailee (@supahflylol) June 24, 2020
The Loch Ness Mystery blog says that Carrington is also a 3D artist by trade. Although it isn’t verified, it doesn’t really matter at this point. The author of the blog also looked at the images carefully that Carrington said were from his camera. He said that the metadata doesn’t match up.
It has often been said that the Loch Ness monster was actually a giant catfish but even that has been debunked. A survey was taken that showed no catfish DNA in the waters of Loch Ness.
We are saying that Nessie isn’t out there, it’s just difficult to prove when you have fake sightings, such as this one. Maybe next time.