Loch Ness monster likely a large catfish, longtime ‘Nessie’ watcher says

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HIGHLAND, UK- A man who’s spent nearly 25 years watching the Loch Ness in Scotland is giving up his search for the legendary monster.

Steve Feltham now believes the Loch Ness monster is actually a Wels catfish, which can grow up to 13 feet long.

“I have to be honest. I just don’t think that Nessie is a prehistoric monster,” Feltham told the Times of London. “What a lot of people have reporting seeing would fit in the description of the catfish with its long, curved back.”

The 52-year-old is in the Guinness Book of World Records for his persistence after ditching his job and girlfriend to live next to famed loch in 1991.

“I certainly don’t regret the last 24 years,” Feltham told Sky News. “I’m in my utopia living here on the shores of the loch.”

Sightings of the Loch Ness monster date to the sixth century. More recently, the BBC funded a search of the loch in 2003 using sonar and satellite, but came up with nothing.

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