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Matthew Gremo sighting of Nessie in June 2024

Spotting Nessie: Observations

27th Jun 2024

We’ve been receiving some amazing sightings recently, and we wanted to share a few observations with you to help with your search this summer. These sightings show just how diverse and intriguing the phenomena at Loch Ness can be. Plus, we’d love to hear more from you, so don’t forget to send us your own sightings using our online form!

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Loch Ness from Deepscan

Witness #1: The Mysterious Dark Waves

Our first observer was at the loch side and captured a photo of two dark subjects on the water. Initially, they seemed like solid objects but turned out to be waves of a considerably darker colour.

Here’s what might have happened: Sometimes, waves appear darker due to their steepness, making them stand out sharply against the surrounding water. This effect, often related to the ‘seventh wave’ phenomenon or interference from boat wakes, creates an illusion of solid objects. When waves become steep enough, they break and form a line of foam, catching the eye and creating a mysterious sight.

What do you think? Is it Nessie or seventh wave phenomenon?

Tony's sighting of the Loch Ness Monster

Witness #2: The Classic Multi-Humped Serpent

The second report comes from a passenger aboard one of the Jacobite Cruises vessels, travelling from Clansman Harbour to Urquhart Castle. They noticed a series of waves that looked like the classic multi-humped sea serpent.

Here’s the scoop: All moving vessels create ‘displacement wakes’, distinct from their propeller wash. These wakes form a V shape and can travel for miles. From the side or lower viewing angles, these wake arms can appear as the classic ‘Loch Ness Monster’. Our observer, viewing the wake from a side angle, captured a fantastic example of this phenomenon, making it easy to see how such sightings fuel the legend of Nessie.

Matthew Gremo sighting of Nessie in June 2024
Nessie sighting from June 2024 from Matt
Matt sighting image of Nessie
Matt close up image of sighting

Witness #3: The Intriguing Wind Slick

Our third witness was observing via webcam and spotted a dark patch on the water’s surface, known as a ‘wind slick’.

Here’s the explanation: Normally, the loch’s surface looks silvery due to waves reflecting the sky. As the loch calms, the water starts reflecting the dark opposite shore, appearing to ‘advance’ towards the observer. Wind irregularities can leave parts of the surface calm, creating dark patches that reflect the opposite shore. These wind slicks can be easily mistaken for shadows or underwater objects, adding another layer of mystery to Loch Ness.

Visit Inverness Loch Ness webcam sighting Jane 2024

We love hearing about your sightings and interpretations of the mysterious Loch Ness. Your observations help us understand and document the many fascinating effects that occur on the loch. During our tours at The Loch Ness Centre, we delve into the fascinating topic of mistaken identities. We highly recommend joining one of our tours before embarking on your own search of the loch. It will provide you with valuable insights and tips!

Have you seen something unusual at Loch Ness? Share your experience with us using our online form. Who knows, your sighting might be the next feature in our blog!

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Report your sighting HERE!


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