An expert on Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, has come forward with some new information.
Steven Feltham holds a prominent place in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous search for Nessie. He has searched the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland for nearly 25 years.
After all this time, he has now come forward with a surprising conclusion. Nessie is not, in fact, a plesiosaur dinosaur from ages past. Instead, Feltham believes her to be none other than a big catfish.
He also believes her to be the last of her kind, a Wels catfish. These types of catfish were likely introduced by the Victorians for sport fishing. They are said to reach lengths of 13 feet and weights of 62 stone (868 pounds). They are also thought to have very long life spans, which would could explain sightings since the 1930s.
It is known they were introduced into English lakes by the Victorians for sport…I think the numbers have declined to the extent that there are now just one or two left. They also eat other catfish and may have eaten breeding females over time. Nessie is destined to be no more, I’m afraid.
If Feltham’s theory is correct, it could mean bad news for Loch Ness’ tourism industry, which generates about £25 million a year.