A paranormal investigator claims he may have found the truth behind sightings of the Loch Ness monster.
Jonathan Bright reckons a viral ‘floating ship’ photo taken in Scotland could explain the phenomenon.
He says Nessie images could actually be a “sort of mirage” caused by reflections in the water, the Daily Record reports.
Brits were left puzzled over the ship picture last month, which appeared to show a huge tanker floating in mid-air off the coast.
Colin McCallum spotted the red "floating vessel" on the horizon as he travelled through Banff, Aberdeenshire on February 26.
Due to the similar colouring of the sea and sky, it appears to be sitting amongst the clouds.
The optical illusion is known as Fata Morgana and is associated with the open ocean.
Mr Bright, who has visited Loch Ness and snapped what he thought could be the legendary monster, believes the illusion could be the explanation.
He said the weird occurrence could be behind many legends in history, from UFO sightings to the ghost ship the Flying Dutchman.
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Mr Bright, of Athens, Greece, said: "The phenomena has even been the explanation for some of the Nessie pictures – that the monster could be a sort of mirage that is caused by the reflections in the space of Loch Ness.
"As someone who studies mysterious phenomena we always try and eliminate any natural or normal explanation first.
"We are always trying to expand our knowledge and I wonder if this is the case here."
Fata Morgana, Italian for Morgan the Fairy, is caused due to the thermal inversion between two atmospheric layers.
It results in the projection of objects that lay in the horizon – such as islands, ships or icebergs – as a composition of two or more images stacked on top.
This occurs due to the interaction between the warmer higher air with the more dense colder air near the surface.
This creates an atmospheric duct that acts like a refracting lens.
Passing through the duct, the rays of light are bent producing an inverted image on top of which the farthest projected straight image appears to float.
Mr Bright said he plans on making another trip to Loch Ness after the coronavirus pandemic.
He added: "I don't know if I'll see Nessie but I'll keep an eye out."
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