Image: A classic view of the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness, Scotland, that was taken in April 19, 1934. It was later revealed as a hoax (Getty)
A recent photograph claimed to be of the elusive Loch Ness monster is making waves and stirring controversy online.
The Huffington Post explained the story behind what many people are calling "the most convincing Loch Ness Monster photograph ever": Whiskey warehouse worker -- no jokes please -- Ian Bremner "was looking to photograph some red deer, but instead found what he says could be Nessie having an afternoon swim, he told 'The Scotsman.' 'This is the first time I've ever seen Nessie in the loch. I would be amazing if I was the first one to find her,' Bremner said." He claims that he didn't see the strange creature at the time, but only noticed it upon returning home and reviewing his photos.
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The Loch Ness monster first achieved notoriety in 1933 after a story was published in a local newspaper describing not a monstrous head or hump but instead a splashing in the water that appeared to be caused, the photographer said, by fighting ducks. A famous photograph showing a mysterious head and neck in silhouette brought Nessie international fame, but was later revealed to be a hoax.
Most photographs of Nessie, like those of Bigfoot, are famously blurry and ambiguous: Is that blob a shaded tree stump or a Bigfoot leg? Is that dark curved thing in the water a wave or the back of a lake monster? It's usually hard to tell what, if anything, the image is of.
Bremner's photo is far clearer, better lit, and sharper than previous Nessie images. Some are suggesting that the new photo may even conclusively prove the beast's existence. In this case, however, the new photo's clarity is its undoing. A closer look reveals why.