Nessie hunter claims photo shows monster

Updated Aug. 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

DRUMNADROCHIT, Scotland, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A Scottish sailor who has been searching for the Loch Ness monster for the past 26 years said he has captured a photograph of the legendary creature.

George Edwards, captain of the Nessie Hunter, said he has been taking the boat onto Loch Ness nearly every day for the past two and a half decades -- often with like-minded tourists -- and he has now captured a photo that he believes to be the back of a Loch Ness monster, ABC News reported Wednesday.

"I saw something out of the corner of my eye, and immediately grabbed my camera," Edwards recalled of when he took the picture last November. "I happened to get a good picture of one of them."

Edwards said he does not believe the monster resembles the three-humped creature often depicted in the media.

"In my opinion, it probably looks kind of like a manatee, but not a mammal," Edwards said. "When people see three humps, they're probably just seeing three separate monsters."

The sailor said he doesn't believe legends of there being only one of the creatures.

"It was first seen in 565 A.D.," Edwards said. "Nothing can live that long. It's more likely that there are a number of monsters, offspring of the original."

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