DRUMNADROCHIT, Scotland -- The leader of an American expedition said Tuesday he believes his group has videotaped the images of three monsters in Loch Ness, but other experts on the fabled 'Nessie' doubted the claim.
Eric Beckjord, director of the Crypto Zoological Society, said he recorded three figures in the water and was so confident they were alive that he gave each a name: Faith, Hope and Charity.
But others said the Beckjord sea creatures are more likely dark shadows on the lake's surface.
'You get all sorts of false alarms,' said Tim Dinsdale of the Loch Ness Association, who in 1960 filmed what he believes is Nessie.
Tony Harmsworth, curator of the Loch Ness Exhibition in Drumnadrochit on the shore of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, said his association had not seen Beckjord's tapes but would like to analyze them.
'He might have something,' Harmsworth said.
Beckjord admitted he cannot claim 'exactly and positively' that the images are of Nessie, but he said 90 percent of the people who have viewed his films believe the images are alive.
The Crypto Zoological Society, a Seattle-based group dedicated to tracking down 'hidden' animals, has been monitoring the lake for more than a week.
The society previously has searched for an American Nessie and for an ape-like creature called Big Foot.
The first sighting Thursday night showed an object 15 to 20 feet long, shaped like an upturned boat moving in and out of the water like a dolphin, Beckjord said.
The second sighting taped Saturday showed something moving beneath the water and the third, minutes later, showed a dark body 30 feet long and 7 to 10 feet thick, Beckjord said.