As 2020 continues to bring unwelcome surprises like the global COVID-19 pandemic, swarms of locusts, the alleged “murder hornets” and Pentagon-approved footage of U.F.O’s, a recent photo showing the return of the “Loch Ness” monster seems fairly believable.

On Wednesday, Steve Challice of South Hampton posted a photo on Twitter of the monster. His post which has excited many and has been trending on social media platforms, especially among those in the monster hunting community, said, “Apparently after aliens and murder hornets …the Loch Ness monster says… “hold my beer” and poses for a tourist photo.”

In response to Challice’s photo, author Roland Watson who runs the Loch Ness Mystery blog, said, “If this is a genuine picture of a creature in Loch Ness, it would easily rank in the top three of all time.”

While most people know the Loch Ness monster and those who claim to have seen it are all just referring to a myth, some are verbally expressing their concerns about Challice’s picture. Watson stated, “At this point, I am in an ongoing conversation with Steve as to the objections and concerns I have about this being a photoshop picture. So we will see where that takes us.”

In fact, Challice never claimed the photo was actually of the monster. He stated, “I started taking a couple of shots and then this big fish came to the surface and then went back down again … My guess would be that what I captured was a catfish or something like that. As seals get in from the sea then I expect that’s what it is and that would explain why these sightings are so few and far between.”

Whether the Loch Ness monster exists or not, these realistic photos are likely a good distraction for people all over the world. Who knows, maybe “Old Nessie” is making her return at the perfect time.

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