The storied creature known as the Loch Ness monster is believed by many to have inhabited the Scottish Highlands for more than 1500 years. Today, however, Nessie is feared by a “sighting expert” to be gone for good.
Gary Campbell has compiled records of Loch Ness monster sightings for 17 years. No sightings have been “confirmed” in the last 18 months – the longest stretch without a single sighting since 1925.
“It’s very upsetting news and we don’t know where she’s gone,” Campbell told the BBC. “The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn’t seen at all.”
The Loch Ness historian holds out hope that the elusive creature is just in hiding.
“I’m convinced that Nessie has just taken some time out and will be back with a vengeance this year,” he said.
This isn’t the first time the legendary “water beast” was feared dead. Back in 2009, there was only one sighting, leading Campbell to say:
“If it hadn’t been for that one, we would have been really, really worried.”
Let the worrying begin.