Steve Feltham, who has spent nearly 25 years looking for the Loch Ness monster, now believes that the legendary beast is likely a catfish.

Loch Ness Monster Mystery Solved

Feltham, 52, has been one of the most prominent Loch Ness monster hunters for years, having dedicated his life to Nessie. Feltham long believed that the Loch Ness monster was an unknown, prehistoric creature, moving to be closer to the monster in the Highlands and lives in a mobile home at a park nearby, selling models of the Loch Ness monster to tourists. After years of looking for the Loch Ness monster and failing, Feltham has finally come to the conclusion that the monster simply doesn’t exist.

“I have to be honest. I just don’t think that Nessie is a prehistoric monster. What a lot of people have reported seeing would fit in with the description of the catfish with its long curved back,” Feltham said in an interview with The Times of London.

Steve Feltham: Loch Ness Monster Is Likely A Catfish

Feltham has come to the conclusion that the Loch Ness monster is likely a giant catfish introduced to the waters by Victorians, which matches up with historical facts, as the first Loch Ness monster sightings can be traced back to the 1930s. Welsh catfish can reportedly grow to be 13-ft long, which is not too far off from the rumored 18-feet long creature known as the Loch Ness monster.

Feltham said that, despite his recent discovery, he doesn’t regret devoting his life to the Loch Ness monster. “I certainly don’t regret the last 24 years. At least my search for Nessie has given me the best view of the world,” he said.

Feltham later clarified on Facebook that he does not consider the Loch Ness monster mystery solved, writing, “I am saying that after studying all the available evidence, for a very long time, my best guess at this moment, is that the answer will turn out to be Catfish.

Feltham added that he has no intentions of retiring his post as the Loch Ness lookout. “The mystery is not solved yet, and so I will carry on my hunt, and whatever the explanations turns out to be … will be,” he declared.