Monster … the picture of Bow-nessie captured last week
By STAFF REPORTER
Thursday, 17 February 2011
A MYSTERIOUS ‘monster’ – dubbed Bow-nessie – appears to have been caught on camera for the first time.
A shape claimed to be a giant beast — said to be up to 50ft long — was spotted emerging from the depths of Lake Windermere near Bowness in Cumbria, last week.
In the grainy picture, which is eerily reminiscent of classic snaps of the famous Loch Ness Monster, an animal’s humped back seems to be visible.
Enormous rippples can be seen in its wake as the dark shape passes in front of foliage growing from the misty lake. But can it really be the beast of legend?
Kayakers Tom Pickles, 24, and Sarah Harrington, 23, who took the picture, told today how they were left “petrified” and quickly paddled to the safety of the shore after encountering the monster.
IT graduate Tom said: “At a distance I thought it was some sort of large dog then I realised just how long it was. There was no way a dog would be out that far in any case.
“Each hump moved in a rippling movement and it appeared to have a huge shadow around it suggesting it was much bigger underwater.
“Its skin was like a seal’s but its shape was completely abnormal. We watched for about twenty seconds before it plunged out of sight.”
He added: “It was petrifying.”
It was then the pair decided to make a quick return to the shore.
Sarah said: “It was like a huge snake. It freaked us out and it was not until we saw the pictures that we believed our own eyes.”
This is believed to be the eighth sighting in the past five years of the mysterious hump-backed ‘creature’.
It glides through the still water at 10mph, clearly leaving a rippling wake.
Bow-nessie, similar to the famous beast Nessie said to live in Loch Ness in Scotland, has long been part of local folklore.
A description of Bow-nessie given by Tom and Sarah to their local paper, the Westmorland Gazette perfectly matches that reported by university lecturer Steve Burnip in 2006.
Scenic Lake Windermere, a favourite holiday destination, is eleven miles long.
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