It was the 10th sighting of Nessie in 2023 (Picture: Jam Press)
A holidaymaker who believes he spotted the Loch Ness Monster has said he was shocked Nessie was dark grey, rather than green.
Jarod Strong always thought the mythical beast would be green, and was floored after spotting the famous beast with his family.
The latest official sighting happened on October 21 last year but was only recorded on January 24.
Jarod was close to Urquhart Castle on the banks of the loch, near Inverness, Scotland when he allegedly spied the beast.
It now means there were ten sightings last year – the highest number since 2020.
Jarod said: ‘I was near the castle with my family at about 1pm when I noticed a little movement in the water. Then the water started to move a bit more and a long shape came out of the water.
‘He wasn’t the green which I thought he would be, he was more a dark grey colour. Then it quickly went away again but as it was going back under I could see a longer body.
‘I don’t know how long it was but it looked really long.’
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Jarod said the sighting lasted about four or five seconds and the creature was in the middle of the loch.
Sadly it happened so quickly that he was unable to take a photo.
It comes after Richard Story, of Wigton, Cumbria says he saw a creature in the water two-and-a-half weeks earlier on October3 last year.
He was walking from Fort Augustus to Invergarry and claims Nessie swam from the bank to the centre of the loch at 10:45 am.
He said it disappeared and then reappeared and managed to take two snaps, but Richard’s account only came to light last month.
On October 7, Sash Lake, 29, of Bath, Somerset said he saw the monster and it was as big as a ‘double-decker bus’.
All ten sightings last year were reported to The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
It is compiled by Nessie expert Gary Campbell who has been doing it since 1996 – there were only six in 2022 and seven in 2021, but 13 in 2020.
A huge search for Nessie took place including drones in August.
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‘Then the water started to move a bit more and a long shape came out of the water.’