Loch Ness monster : ‘Monster’s head’ pictured on surface of choppy Loch Ness

Loch Ness monster : 'Monster's head' pictured on surface of choppy Loch Ness

A photographer has revealed a snap he believes shows the “monstrous head” of the Loch Ness Monster.

Jonathan Bright travelled from his home in Greece to speak at a Paranormal Festival in Scotland about his brush with the infamous creature of the deep.

Mr Bright only recently found the photo – which was taken over three years ago – after months of analysing THOUSANDS of his own snapshots of Loch Ness.

The professional monster-hunter, who has contributed to dozens of TV shows and History Channel documentaries, spoke about his eerie photo of Nessie at the Paranormal Festival in Stirling this week.

He explained: “I investigate the paranormal but I also investigate legends and Nessie is one of them.

“Three years ago, I came to Scotland to investigate the Nessie legend and took thousands of photographs.

“It took me six months to look at them all and I found this one which I showed when I spoke at the Scottish Paranormal Festival in Stirling this week.

“After I had finished there, I came north to spend more time searching for an answer to the Nessie story.

“Some people will say it is physical and the monster, others will say it is a trick of the water, others will say it is a hoax.

“It is what it is and I hope to find more proof now and in the future about what the Loch Ness Monster really is.”

The 46-year-old paranormal enthusiast now left Stirling to travel 85 miles north and revisit Loch Ness.

His crystal-clear photograph of the mysterious shape has been favourably compared to the work of Boston-based Dr Robert Rines – who dedicated years of his life to researching and searching for the elusive waterhorse.

Dr Rines transported sophisticated underwater camera and sonar equipment to the Highlands in 1972 in a final bid to solve the centuries-old mystery.

But the US inventor died in 2009 having never obtained any conclusive scientific proof of the existence of the underwater beast – although his photographs remain some of the clearest and most studied to date.

Gary Campbell, the creator and curator of an online archive of all 1067 sightings of the prehistoric monster said: “Jonathon’s photo bears an incredible similarity to Bob Rines series of pictures and will certainly further stimulate discussion about this enduring legend.

“It is of course included in the register which has taken a while to complete but I’ve had a lot of help from others over the years.”

Mr Campbell, 49, even has a copy of the original Latin transcript of the very first record of a monster almost 1,500 years ago on his website.

The loch ness monster is often depicted as a Plesiosauroidea – a marine reptile from the Jurassic period some 201million years ago – which was characterised by a long slender neck, broad body with four long flippers.

This prehistoric shape has appeared across hundreds of photographs of the elusive beast.

But despite a growing body of anecdotal evidence, sonar readings and satellite images – a BBC documentary in 2003 used 600 separate sonar beams to prove the Loch Ness monster was just a myth.

Meanwhile, Mr Bright has recently announced plans to travel to Edinburgh to look for ghosts.

The Greek investigator said: “My next project is in Edinburgh where I am going to check out ghostly goings-on in the capital”.

Asked about his scariest supernatural encounter, Mr Bright talked about a terrifying trip to a derelict asylum in Eastern Europe to investigate blood-curdling screams reported to be emanating from the ruins.

He added: “I recorded the sounds and I am convinced I have heard the voice of a Banshee (a spirit normally associated with Irish mythology and regarded as an omen of death.)”