New Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster?

A GRAINY image of a bird-like creature with a four-foot long neck has led a top military historian to announce the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster has finally been solved.

(Image: Ricky Phillips/Facebook)

Ricky D Phillips was in the middle of conducting a tour of the famous Scottish loch when a beast with a long neck matching the description of the mystical creature emerged out of the freezing cold water. Quick-thinking Mr Phillips stopped the tour and fished out his mobile to take the astonishing picture that he said shows the creature had a head “the size of a rugby ball”. Mr Phillips, 39, who wrote warfare books such as The First Casualty, told The Sun his image puts an end to the years-old debate of whether the Loch Ness Monster exists. He said: “It was a grey creature – almost bird-like – in a grey stretch of water. “Its neck was three to four feet long and had a head the size of a rugby ball and a ridge across its eyes. I was baffled.

“I know dinosaurs came from birds and that many had hard lips, almost like a beak – but this is simply what I saw. It seems to have almost a frill on its neck. It is very odd.” He said the day before he took the snap on Wednesday last week he “heard a strange noise” as he stood at the edge of the loch in Fort Augustus.

He added that he had “swum and sailed with whales and dolphins and seen hundreds of seals” but the sound “sounded like nothing he had ever heard”.

Mr Phillips added that the following day he went to the river Oich when he claimed he saw the magnificent creature.

The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, which logged 11 sighting of the beast this year, has accepted the image provided by Mr Philips.

Gary Campbell, the recorder and keeper of the register, said: “Mr Phillips is an experienced tour guide and historian who knows the area well and this gives it extra credibility.”

Mr Campbell also said sightings are now at a level that were being recorded in the 1990s and he believes “more visitors to the Highlands” may have something to do with it.

Tales of the Loch Ness Monster have dumbfounded scientists for years after the famous black and white image of it surfaced in 1934.

The first purported photo of Nessie was published in The Daily Mail on April 21