After nearly quarter century camping out by the banks of Scotland’s Loch Ness hoping to glimpse “Nessie”, the most dedicated hunter of the legendary monster has given up, concluding it is just a very big catfish. Steve Feltham, who gave up his girlfriend, house and job in southwest England in 1991 to spend his life looking for the Loch Ness monster, believes he has solved the mystery behind its many sightings. Rather than being a primeval beast, he suspects it is a Wels catfish, a native European catfish that could grow up to 13 feet long.
… The first written record of the monster relates to the Irish monk St. Columba, who is fabled to have banished a “water beast” to the depths of the River Ness in the sixth century. There have been countless fruitless attempts to track down the monster in the years since. In 2003, the BBC funded an extensive scientific search that used 600 sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch. It concluded there was probably nothing there.