Loch Ness Monster watchers worried 'Nessie' hasn't been seen in more than 8 months

Posted at 10:41 AM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 10:41:24-04

LOCH NESS, Scotland -- Perhaps Nessie has gone on holiday to sunnier shores, but Loch Ness Monster watchers are worried.

Nobody has reported sighting the mythical (?) creature in the eight months since August 2016. 

Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, told The Scotsman he was worried especially since “last year was a record year” with seven sightings.

“It’s quite unusual for this length of time to pass with no sightings at all,” Campbell said. “This is especially so when you consider that pretty much everyone will have access to a camera phone to take video and pictures – we would have expected at least something in that time period.”

Most Nessie sightings are not included on the register because there is a simple, logical explanation behind them such as ripples, branches or obvioius photo editing. Campbell has logged more than 1,000 sightings since he started keeping records over 20 years ago.

"When it comes to the reported sightings of Nessie, we reckon about half of those sent to us don’t make it on to the register – what’s really strange is that there has been nothing reported at all – not even sightings of things that we can discount,” Campbell said.

According to Campbell’s website, there was a also dearth of monster sightings a few years back, with no reports in the 11 months from October 2012 until September 2013.