|The Loch Ness Monster is a cryptid that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The most frequent speculation is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs.|
Ex-cop says he saw Nessie - twiceDecember 14, 2010
A retired police detective, whose father captured one of the most famous images of the Loch Ness monster, claims he has seen the creature twice.
Simon Dinsdale, a retired police detective from Essex, insists the two minute film recorded 50 years ago by his father, Tim Dinsdale, is genuine.
The 1960 footage is one of the best-known images put forward as evidence by those who believe in the existence of the monster, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Dinsdale junior is determined to convince the public the video is authentic and has discussed his belief in the mysterious monster in an interview with the BBC.
He said: "I saw this immense, extraordinary object, it looked like the back of a huge animal.
"It stood two or three feet out of the water, four or five feet across, reddish brown and had a blotch on the left flank which I could see very clearly.
"And then it started to move - a most electrifying moment."
Mr Dinsdale, who spent his career examining evidence and was involved in tracking down serial killer Steve Wright in Ipswich, is adamant the film can not be a hoax.
He said: "I'm experienced at looking at evidence and I can tell you that on the balance of probabilities there is something large and unknown living in this loch."
His father, an aeronautical engineer in the RAF who died in 1987, was one of the world's leading Nessie-hunters, making 56 expeditions to Loch Ness and writing a number of books on the subject.