A VETERAN Nessie hunter claims to have spotted the beast whizzing back and forth near the surface of Loch Ness.
The clip from a webcam overlooking the legendary loch appears to show a “fast moving” body causing strong ripples.
It was spotted on March 22 by Eoin O’Faodhagain, who the previous month used the same webcam to spot a dark shadow on the surface of the loch.
Eoin, from Castlefin, Co Donegal, Northern Ireland, said today: “ I usually only watch when the Loch is calm but I just happened to stay with it when the sighting occurred.
“It shows a fast moving object breaking through the surface of the waters of Loch Ness creating wash and wake, then diving and coming up again five seconds later over to the left from its last position.
“Then breaking the surface and accelerating creating bigger waves then, submerging but not completely and is seen turning and coming back down the loch lower in the water before it finally submerges.
“I would say that the body parts of the creatures under the water have to be big and powerful to generate such acceleration.”
He added: “The distance it covers in seconds I thought was quite startling. It’s not waves, or logs or wildfowl, or a boat for that matter.
“I also think that faith from St Columba must have rubbed off me by having a few sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. I feel very privileged to say the least.”
Eoin’s February sighting was the second within days.
Lisa Brennan, from Manchester, who was out with her partner spotted the legendary beast and took a picture in late February.
Lisa’s snap shows a L-shaped black object on the water which could be taken as the head and neck of Nessie.
She said the object disappeared shortly after she took the image.
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 sighting of the Loch Ness Monster for 2019 was reported by Jonas Detsch of Aberdeen who visited the loch while out hiking with his brother near the Clansman Hotel in Lochness.
He claimed they saw a 50 metre long disturbance that was caused underwater by “something large” on January 24.
The first encounter of the beast is said to have been encountered by Irish Missionary St Columba in the River Ness in 565AD.