A tourist on the holiday of his life claims the Loch Ness Monster is a very surprising colour after locking eyes with what he believes to have been the legendary creature
While the Loch Ness Monster is one of the world’s most iconic mythical creatures, only a few people have claimed to have seen it. However, on a trip to Scotland, one holidaymaker claims he saw it and was surprised at her colour.
While we don’t know for sure whether Jarod Strong really saw the iconic ‘Nessie’, he seems utterly convinced that the animal he spotted was the genuine article. During a trip to visit family on October 21, 2023, he hit the water and allegedly encountered the animal, which he had always thought would be green.
Jarod was located close to Urquhart Castle on the banks of the loch when something caught his eye. He recalls spotting a huge underwater creature, that was, surprisingly to him, grey in colour.
The tourist said: “I was near the castle with my family at about 1 pm when I noticed a little movement in the water. Then the water started to move a bit more, and a long shape came out of the water. He wasn’t the green which I thought he would be, he was more a dark grey colour. Then it quickly went away again, but as it was going back under, I could see a longer body. I don’t know how long it was, but it looked really long.”
The encounter lasted for a mere four or five seconds, giving Jarod no time to take a picture, leaving him with just the memory. His sighting is one of ten that occurred last year. Three weeks earlier, Cumbria’s Richard Story, who was on a walk from Fort Augustus to Invergarry, claims that Nessie glided through the water from the bank to the middle of the loch.
Thinking fast, he whipped out his camera and caught two snaps. On October 7, Sasha Lake, 29, from Bath, Somerset, was completely taken aback when she noticed the humongous animal, which she described as being the size of a ‘double-decker bus’.
In addition, local Siobhan Janaway saw ripples in the water, and three days later, nurse Fiona Wade spotted three humps rising above the surface. Further sightings included Alistair Gray, and father-of-four, Steve Valentine, who noticed a ‘black shape’ with a ‘hump’.
Furthermore, while on a visit from Lyon, France, couple Etienne Camel and his wife Elaine were rendered flabbergasted after being witness to a 65ft-long dark shape swimming under the water. And they’re not the only internationals to have had a glimpse at the Loch Ness Monster. Ceci, from the USA, noticed something mysterious in the deep depths on her trip to Scotland.
All sightings are recorded by expert Gary Campbell, who’s been keeping track for The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register since 1996. In August, wildlife enthusiasts conducted a massive search with drones. However, to this day, we’re yet to uncover any concrete evidence.