A Scottish Sun article from December 5, revealed that 2016 has been the busiest year for sightings of the Loch Ness Monster since 2000. Gary Campbell maintains a registry of Nessie reports; he claims that in 2000, there were 11 sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. With just over three weeks left in the year, seven sightings have been documented on the loch so far. Campbell attributes the rise in reports to greater awareness and more people looking for the creature. Also, technology is fueling the rise in documented reports. Nearly everyone has a smartphone these days and the built-in cameras are getting better all the time.
Another form of technology aiding the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster is the webcam. A webcam monitoring the loch captured Nessie twice this year. One of the sightings was discovered by Jim Winiski, who was watching the cam from his Iowa home. Mikko Takala, who runs the camera said:
“We get thousands of people around the world visiting our site every week and many of them submit sightings. We compare and correlate these with known local boat timetables and also look out for typical boat wake signatures and other known phenomena.”
With sightings on the uptick, and with technology getting much better, could we be getting closer to identifying the Loch Ness Monster?