A BOAT skipper claims he’s finally found the Loch Ness Monster lurking beneath the waves in Scotland.
Mike Bell captured the remarkable sonar image which he reckons shows 25ft-long Nessie.
The sonar pictur, taken while he was taking a group of tourists for a trip on Loch Ness on June 27, shows the bottom of the loch, a fish and a long, thin object about 115ft below the surface.
But when the 24-year-old skipper took readings at the same spot the mystery object had vanished.
Mike, from nearby Drumnadrochit, said: “I would like to think this is our creature, Nessie.
“It’s my first year being the skipper in the boat in five months and I’ve never seen it or had something that big on the sonar.
“My dad is the more experienced skipper who has been doing this for a few years and has said he’s never seen it that big before on the sonar. It’s my first sighting of Nessie and I think my dad is a wee bit jealous as he has never seen it.
“The standard size on the sonar is usually a sharp prick suggesting a small fish. The large line about 35 metres in the water was about 10-25 feet.
“An object of that size I would think is way too big for the normal species in the loch. It must have been about five or six minutes we spent trying to pick up this creature again.”
Last night the RNLI issued a safety warning after a mass search for the Loch Ness Monster went viral on Facebook.
On the site 18,000 people said they are going to a Storm Loch Ness event with 38,000 “interested”.
The RNLI said the water is very deep and has an average temperature of 6C but is prone to deteriorating conditions with wave heights of 4m being recorded.
It was reported last month that a couple caught Nessie while holidaying in the highlands.
Gloria and Ian Davison saw a dark creature with a head and neck as they drove alongside Loch Ness.
The stunned couple stopped their car by Urquhart Bay and watched the creature for a minute before it disappeared.
Nessie was reported to have been seen 15 times in 2018.
Research carried out last year revealed that the mythical creature is worth £41m a year to the Scottish economy.
The first encounter of the beast is said to have been encountered by Irish Missionary St Columba in the River Ness in 565AD.