Urquhart Bay
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On April 22, 2020, the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register confirmed the third Loch Ness monster sighting of the decade from none other than Eoin O’Faodhagain.

For the second time this month, O’Faodhagain recorded the Loch Ness monster in Urquhart Bay. He reported the first two confirmed sightings of the decade as well.

O’Faodhagain’s most recent video clip shows a long, black shape floating at the top of the water. The mysterious object sits there for a while before submerging itself under water and vanishing without a trace. 

The exact size of the creature is unknown, but it’s thought to be roughly 30 feet long. That would make this the biggest Loch Ness monster sighting in history. 

“The object came up out of the water and stayed motionless, and after a few seconds, splashing motions can be seen on the video,” said O’Faodhagain. “Then it submerged slowly into the loch disappearing from sight. The object in my estimation is at least 30 feet long, as shown by solid blackness in the water, rising to at least 4 to 5 feet high. It was amazing to see such a large image caught on video compared to my previous sightings. This sighting is also special because there was no boat traffic or wave disturbance in the video and the surface of the loch was calm.”

You can watch the video at this link.

Who Is Eoin O’Faodhagain?

Eoin O’Faodhagain is an Irish hospital clerk from Drumdoit, County Donegal, Ireland. He’s no stranger to Loch Ness monster sightings, confirming each of the first three sightings in 2020. 

O’Faodhagain first saw the creature in January of 2020. He now owns recordings of the cryptid from April 13 and April 22 of this year as well.

Most cryptid hunters spend hours of their time searching for Nessie without any results. O’Faodhagain, on the other hand, has spotted the Loch Ness monster 7 times over the last 16 months, as he contributed 4 of the 18 confirmed Loch Ness monster sightings in 2019. 

Is there a method to O’Faodhagain’s madness? Or, is he simply lucky to have spotted the cryptid as many times as he has? 

Is 2020 the Next Nessie Mania?

There have been outbursts of Loch Ness monster sightings throughout the years, especially in 1933 and 1983. The latter year has been labeled “Nessie Mania” because of how many sightings occurred.

Last year saw 18 confirmed Loch Ness Monster sightings, making it the busiest year since Nessie Mania.

We’re about four months into 2020 with only three confirmed sightings, but there are reasons to believe this could be the busiest year of all time. The novel coronavirus has kept millions of people around the world quarantined. Thousands of people are now watching Loch Ness’s live streams, and the amount of sightings in 2020 may simply rely on how many times Nessie decides to breach the water this year. 

Each of these sightings must be sent to the Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, who receives a number of possible sightings each year. They confirm or deny each sighting, adding validity to confirmed cases. 

Is 2020 the next Nessie Mania? Only time will tell.


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