Loch Ness Monster picture fake
George Edwards who boasted of having photographed the world-famous monster has owned up to the hoax, saying it was actually a piece of fibreglass.
He insisted the picture, published to worldwide intrigue last August, was just a bit of fun and insisted he still believed there were monsters in the deep waters.
Showing no remorse, George said: "So as far as I'm concerned it's perfectly valid. It's just a bit of fun."
The 61-year-old, a cruise boat operator on Loch Ness, now joins a rogue's gallery of Nessie frauds.
The "Surgeon's Photograph" taken by Dr Robert Kenneth Wilson and published in 1934, which supposedly shows the monster's head and neck, later proved to be a hoax.
George continued: "How do you think Loch Ness would have fared over the years without that picture? I have no guilty feelings at all about what I have done."
He admitted that the picture he claimed to have taken of the monster was, in fact, a fibreglass hump, that was used in a National Geographic film screened in 2011.
However at the time he waxed lyrical about his "encounter" with Nessie, adding that he even went to friends in the US military who analysed his picture which left him in no doubt it was real.
In 2011, he told how he spent his life on the loch - around 60 hours a week - taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV, and had led numerous Nessie hunts over the years.
"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, " George claimed.
"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."
After watching the object for five to ten minutes, George had said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced.
"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, " he claimed.
"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 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."
This shadow image in the waters turned out to be fibreglass [CASCADE]
The picture even fooled expert Steve Feltham, who has spent the last two decades hunting for Nessie.
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