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The Loch Ness monster is most likely a large catfish, according to an expert who has spent 24 years searching for Nessie.
Steve Feltham, 52, gave up his home, his job and his girlfriend to move nearer the Scottish loch in pursuit of the legend.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Feltham did not claim he had solved the mystery of Nessie.
But he said: "Looking at all the evidence, speaking to eyewitnesses, the most likely solution is a Wels catfish."
“It is known they were introduced into English lakes by the Victorians for sport. They are very long lived and it is entirely possible they were introduced by Victorians to the loch - which would explain why the main sightings of Nessie really started in the 1930s - just as the animals were reaching maturity,” said Mr Feltham, who gave up his girlfriend and home in Dorset to hunt for Nessie.
“There was a viable breeding population but I think the numbers have declined to the extent that there are now just one or two left. They also eat other catfish and may have eaten breeding females over time. Nessie is destined to be no more, I’m afraid.
originally posted by: slapjacks
a reply to: blackmetalmist
Yeah that is unfortunate. I can personally vouch for how big cats can get. I'm an avid fisherman And I've caught cats in the Mississippi and a little further down south. My best weighing in at 71lbs. That was a huge cat, but travel across the world to Europe and you can find cats in the 200+ pound range.