A veteran Nessie watcher who claims to have seen the Loch Ness Monster four times last year has recorded the first official sighting of the decade.
Irish hospital clerk Eoin O’Faodhagain, 55, claims to have seen the legendary creature swimming and splashing about in Urquhart Bay on January 18.
He submitted two clips obtained from a live webcam to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, which show a dark object moving.
The sighting was ‘confirmed’ this week, making it not just the first sighting since last October 29, but the first official sighting of the 2020s.
Veteran Nessie watcher Eoin, of Drumdoit, Co Donegal, has estimated the object he watched last month to be around 4ft wide and 10ft long.
He has now spotted Nessie six times in total, four of them last year alone.
Eoin said: ‘It’s great to get the very first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster for the decade. There has been a lot of speculation that this creature is migratory in nature.
‘Well I think a sighting on the 18th of January disproves this theory.
‘Nessie in my opinion goes no further than the Loch itself.
‘When you see it once again, you are shocked to say the least. I just wish I was standing actually at the Loch edge and not watching it on live cam.’
He added: ‘There were no boats or birds to see at the time of the sighting.
‘The object was at least 4ft wide and maybe 10ft long. It was a shame the Cam quality was not great at the time of sighting.’
The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register told MailOnline: ‘This is the first [sighting]of 2020 and we’re delighted that one has been logged so early in the year.
‘We also had another report in January but we were able to identify it as a wave pattern so Eoin’s is the first and only sighting so far this year.
‘It also keeps up the great run of sightings that carried on throughout 2019.’
Nessie was last officially seen by five-year-old Zachary White, while he was searching for the creature with binoculars, a compass, and a magnifying glass.
There were more sightings of the Loch Ness Monster last year – 18 in total – than at any time since 1983, when ‘Nessie-mania’ was at its peak.
Last September, researchers from New Zealand claimed that the Loch Ness Monster could be a large eel, extracting DNA from water samples to test for this.
Research carried out in 2018 revealed that the mythical creature is worth £41million a year to the Scottish economy.