THE mythical Loch Ness Monster has been "spotted on sonar" – with a huge 4m long beast caught on camera.
Nessie fans are now hopeful the legend of the mysterious creature could finally proven after sightings soared this summer.
There have been three glimpses of the monster over the past few months – with a sonar image showing a massive underwater creature.
Brandon Scanlon, who has been named by the official Loch Ness Monster sightings register, claims he recorded a sound image lurking below the water.
He was travelling on the "Nessie Hunter" vessel when he picked up the image of a creature rumoured to be between 3-4 metres long, Edinburgh Live reports.
The official register states: "Benjamin Scanlon was on holiday with his family and took a trip on the 'Nessie Hunter' of Loch Ness Cruises.
"He spotted something on the sonar on the boat and caught the image.
"Captain Mike of the boat estimated it to be 3-4 metres in length, at a depth of about 20 metres, while the boat was in water about 40 metres deep."
Other recent sightings include a man who claimed he saw an animal rising two feet from the water late last month.
And a dad and daughter said they saw Nessie gliding through the water while hiking nearby.
The legend dates back to 565AD when Irish monk St Columbus wrote of a giant "water beast" dragging a man to his death in Scotland's River Ness.
But wider interest in the monster was not sparked until 1933 after a road was built along the loch, making it far less isolated.
Within months, several people came forward claiming to have seen a giant beast lurking near the water.
Nessie was spotted most times in living memory in 1983, when there were 21 sightings.
Many believe the creature is a Plesiosaurus, which typically grew to a length of around 11ft.
Professor Neil Gemmell, of the University of Otago in New Zealand, conducted a genetic study of the loch waters in 2019, finding DNA from 3,000 species.
Afterwards he said he couldn’t rule out that eels in the loch had grown to an extreme size.
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