British canoeist Richard Mavor appears to have captured footage of the Loch Ness Monster on his drone while on a camping trip through Scotland.
Mavor had been documenting his trip with a group of friends as they made their way through the lochs and canals of Scotland to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
His first video covering the trip has gained around 10,000 views but his second has truly gone viral with over 540,000 views. That’s because, for a few brief seconds, it appears to show the outline of a mythical creature that many consider to be living in Scotland’s most famous loch.
At around the four-minute mark, Mavor cuts to drone footage of the campsite where the boats have pulled in for the evening on the shore of the loch and from the bottom-centre of the frame, something appears to swim into focus.
Mavor, an ex-RAF serviceman, goes by the name Richard Outdoors online and is a keen wilderness camper and explorer.
Speaking to the Daily Record, he claims that he hadn’t noticed anything unusual when uploading the footage and that it was only when comments started to roll in that he noticed the shape in the water.
“I had to rewind the footage several times and have watched it several times since,” he said.
“Haha awesome work getting the publicity with the effects to put the “Loch Ness Monster” in your video,” another added.
“Next time you’re creating such an effect if you use the opacity to make the object fade in rather than a dissolve filter like it appears you’ve used you won’t have your object ‘snap into focus’ in the space of a single frame which breaks the illusion of the effect for people in post-production in the film industry who look at bad effects every single day,” they continued.