Lochside Video Footage Shortens Odds On Nessie

By James Doherty
The Scotsman
Tuesday, March 12, 2002


The odds on hard evidence proving the existence of a monster in Loch Ness shortened yesterday, with the announcement that a new video revealed something lurking in the depths.

Bobbie Pollock, a postman from Glasgow, claimed the footage he shot could hold the key in debunking the cynics who say Nessie is nothing more than a marketing myth.

The three-and-a-half minute video was made by Mr Pollock, 45, as he walked at Invermoriston Bay with his wife, Catherine, 41, and son Robert, three.

Mr Pollock claims he saw a black creature rise about 5ft out of the loch.

The video has won him £500 from the bookmaker William Hill for the best recent Nessie "sighting". The Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club administers the annual award on behalf of the bookies.

Mr Pollock said: "We stopped at a place called the stone seat overlooking Invermoriston Bay for our lunch and I saw an object floating on top of the water and it started moving off towards Fort Augustus atnquite a pace."

He added: "You could say that it was a seal or a deer in the water, but I've seen things like that in the water and it definitely wasn1t one of them.

"I've never seen anything like this in 12 years."

Mark Stewart, the curator of marine mammals at the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban, Argyll, studied the video 30 times.

He said: "Sometimes it looked like a seal, sometimes it did not look anything like a seal.

"It was moving quickly - I felt too quick for a seal."

It emerged that Mr Pollock did not release the footage, shot in August 2000, sooner because he "feared ridicule".

Odds on definite proof of Nessie1s existence have now been cut from 500-1 to 250-1.

Despite scientific searches, sonar sweeps and countless sightings, the only real certainties which perpetuate are the lucrative tourist spin-offs the fabled monster has spawned.

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