Bumper year for Loch Ness Monster sightings as Nessie is spotted for THIRTEENTH time

THIRTEEN sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have been recorded in 2020 — making it a bumper year.

Regular glimpses of Nessie came despite fewer visitors in the months of lockdown.

A mother and daughter out for a stroll were the latest to report seeing the long-necked, humpbacked creature said to inhabit the water.

Louise Power, 38, said she and mum Jennifer Macrae, 60, got a monster 20-minute view of Nessie near her Drumnadrochit home next to the Scottish Highlands loch.

And neighbour Ross MacAulay reported seeing a 12ft-long beast in July.

Louise, a school clerical assistant, said they saw “something strange” in the water less than half-a-mile away.

She said: “There was a wake after it and it just kept moving slowly. Then it turned and just went under the water and disappeared.

"It was big and whitish grey. I did believe there was something unexplained in the loch — now I know there is!”

Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Sightings Register, said: “This is the 13th accepted sighting this year, which in a year of lockdown is incredible.

“Normally there would have been half-a-million visitors to the loch, but the sightings have held up with so many less people about. The mystery is as strong as ever.”

A dinosaur-type reptile is first said to have been spotted 1,500 years ago.

But the most famous claimed sighting in a 1934 photo was a hoax.

Boffins studying DNA say Nessie may be a giant eel.

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