A mother and daughter visiting Scotland for the first time believe they may have caught a glimpse of the elusive Loch Ness monster.
Consuela Ross and her daughter Reyshell Avellanoza were visiting from the Philippines when they visited the scenic body of water.
They were enjoying the view when something appeared to raise itself out of the water in front of them.
The object sank out of sight...
... leaving a "whirlpool" behind it
She said: “She said it looked like a big black belly. We looked and could see this big disturbance quite a way out and this big black object in the middle of it.
“We were so mesmerised, we didn’t immediately think of taking pictures although we had the cameras in our hands.
“By the time we realised what we were seeing and began filming and snapping away, the object had sank virtually out of sight and moved away further into the loch, leaving behind a perfect circle of water – like a whirlpool.”
Ross and her family were enjoying the view
The “sighting” will be a welcome relief to monster enthusiasts, particularly after reports last year suggested the beast could well have expired.
The murky waters of the Loch are said to have been haunted by the serpentine Scottish beast since 1933.
Believed by many to be the last of a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs (a Jurassic marine reptile) legend has it that the creature appears along with earth tremors and swirling bubbles.
The iconic picture of 'Nessie'
Nessie first hit headlines in 1934 when the Daily Mail published the above picture.
The photo was later revealed to have been staged, but there has been no shortage of images since.