After breathing a collective sigh of relief the crypto-world is happy to have a new sighting of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Nessie was “seen” by resident backpacker Hayley Johnson around the Urquhart Bay near Inverness, Scotland. Johnson saw the strange shape rise out of the water from a distance and was quick enough to snap a shot before it disappeared under the cold, dark water.

The 28-year-old from Manchester told the Sun that she’s a naturally skeptical person: “I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“I am a really sceptical person. I have never even been to Loch Ness before, but I decided to come up for the Bank Holiday.

“I had stayed in a backpackers’ hotel and on my last night decided to go for a walk through the woods and ended up on the banks of the loch. It was lovely and at dusk.

“Then about half a mile away I saw this dark shape sticking up – like a neck. I thought at first it was a tree, but it was very strange. I took a picture. It was there for a couple of seconds, but when I looked back it was gone. I was shocked.

“I was really excited about Nessie as a child but to be honest I thought Nessie had probably died in the 1930s. I didn’t think she was alive any more. I know now that she is very much alive. I’m just so excited – it’s unbelievable what’s happened.”

The sighting marks the first time in nine months that Nessie has been officially seen. Nessie’s official record keeper, Gary Campbell, had announced the creature was officially “missing” after not being seen for so long. This event was marked as the first official official sighting since August 2016.

Now everyone can take a deep breath and get back to work finding that slippery monster once and for all.

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