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Loch Ness Monster fans claim they have filmed the mythical beast – in what they believe could finally prove its existence.
Katlynn Wangle, 28, reportedly captured the legendary creature while checking a webcam stationed at the freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands.
The footage shows a mysterious black shape swimming slowly in the water before disappearing beneath the waves near a tree.
The clip has now been entered into the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
Miss Wangle said: “A friend of mine that I met through the webcam chat asked me to take a look at it.
“I had never seen anything quite like it on the webcam before and I thought it was interesting enough to make a video.
“When it is really visible, it's much longer than any boat that I have seen on the webcam.
“To me, it really looks like there is a large animal in the water, and it's possibly making a wave as is moves just under the surface.”
Gary Campbell, who keeps the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said that until people could visit in person, Kalynn’s sighting was the best you could get.
“It's as good as it now gets with the webcam reports,” he said.
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“Less than a quarter of reports make it on to the register – the rest we get can all be explained.”
And since there’s no easy explanation for Miss Wangle’s sighting, it’s officially been recorded as the fifth sighting this year.
Mr Campbell continued: “This year looks good for sightings so far and what has been reported is on a par with previous years.
“We just want to welcome people back the loch as soon as possible as there is really no substitute for being on the shore or on the water and having a look.”
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Miss Wangle’s sighting unfolded over the course of three minutes, though the footage has been sped up to help clarify the movement of the shape across the water.
Kalynn, who logged on from Oregon in the US, is totally convinced that the monster is real.
“I watched this footage carefully, a few times over,” she said.
“What really got to me was the fact that you don't see the shape again once it goes behind the tree.
“I watched for nine minutes afterward just to be sure. That's when I got excited that this could be Nessie.”
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She continued: “I 100% believe in Nessie. There is still so much about the world we live in that we don't know.
“I personally have had some strange encounters in my life, including one with a Nessie-type creature.
“I can tell you that whatever these creatures really are, they are very intelligent, and they know how to hide.
“They could be watching you just under the surface of the water and you would never even know they were there, which is exciting but also a little bit scary.”
Miss Wangle, who documents potential monster sightings through her YouTube channel, Team Nessie, is now hoping to visit the loch in person and see the creature in the flesh.
She said: “I hope to one day visit Scotland, and see Nessie with my own eyes, I think that would be really cool!”
The Nessie On The Net webcam can be watched live at www.lochness.co.uk
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