Edwards, who has hunted for Nessie for 26 years and spends up to 60 hours a week in his boat, claims that his image has been verified by a team of US military experts. According to the Daily Mail
, his claim has been supported by a Nessie specialist who said the image "proves Nessie is definitely NOT a sturgeon."
The Daily Mail
reports Edwards was in his boat, the Nessie Hunter IV, on Loch Ness, when he noticed a hump moving in and out of the waters. He quickly steered his boat in the direction of the hump and took a photograph before it disappeared.
The 60-year-old said: "I was just about to return to Temple Pier (in Drumnadrochit) and I went to the back of the boat which was facing the pier and that’s when I saw it. It was slowly moving up the loch towards Urquhart Castle and it was a dark grey colour. It was quite a fair way from the boat, probably about half a mile away but it’s difficult to tell in water."
reports Edwards said he watched the mysterious moving body for about five to ten minutes before it finally sank below the surface. He said: 'I’m convinced I was seeing Nessie as I believe in these creatures. Far too many people have been seeing them for far too long. The first recorded sighting was in 565AD and there have been thousands of eye witness reports since then. All these people can’t be telling lies. And the fact the reports stretch over so many years mean there can’t just be one of them. I’m convinced there are several monsters."
Another Nessie enthusiast, Steve Feltham, who has spent 21 years hunting for the monster, said: "It is the best photograph I think I have ever seen." He said: "I think the images are fantastic - that’s the animal I have been looking for all this time. I would say it doesn’t prove what Nessie is, but it does prove what Nessie isn’t, a sturgeon which is a fish that has been put forward as one of the main explanations as to what Nessie could be but this hasn’t got a serrated spine like the sturgeon."
Edwards said he tried to use his boat's sonar to locate the beast but he could not. He said: "I hung around for a good half-an-hour and used the deep scanning sonar to try and pick it up, but I’m afraid I had no luck at all."
According to the The Scotsman
, the photo was taken at 9 a.m. on November 2 last year, using a Samsung digital camera . Edwards said he sent the photo to the USA for analysis before he released it publicly. According to Edwards: "I did not want to mention my sighting until I was sure that I had not photographed a log or something inanimate in the water. I have friends in the USA who have friends in the military. They had my photo analysed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object in the water. I was really excited as I am sure that some strange creatures are lurking in the depths of Loch Ness."