The Loch Ness monster mystery took over Steve Feltham’s life 24 years ago when the Loch Ness monster hunter gave up his home, his girlfriend, and his job in order to pursue the legend and mystery of Nessie. Now, at the age of 52, Feltham believes he has come closer to solving the mystery behind the Loch Ness monster – Nessie is a Wels catfish.
As reported by CNN on July 17, the Loch Ness monster mystery hunter lives in an ex-mobile library van that is located at Dores Beach on Loch Ness. Other than selling Nessie figurines to tourists, Feltham spends all of his time searching for the legendary creature.
“I have set myself two main aims,” writes Feltham on his website Nessie Hunter. “Firstly to spot Nessie for myself and secondly to bring any current sightings to the public’s attentions.”
So, has the Loch Ness monster mystery hunter actually ever seen Nessie personally after having lived so close to the legendary monster for the past 24 years? When speaking to Sky News, Steve Feltham said that “we get sonar contacts with things that are far bigger than any fish that should live in this body of water,” and added that “we only get one or two decent sightings a year.”
Feltham’s fascination with Nessie began when he was seven years old and his family took a trip to Loch Ness:
“It was then that we visited the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau, a team of volunteers who each summer set up a makeshift camp on the lochside near Urquhart Castle, from where they mounted round-the-clock surveillance in the hope of filming Nessie. What really caught my imagination was the platform they had built, on which they had mounted a cine camera and tripod; the lens alone must have been a metre long. Grown men looking for monsters? Fantastic.”
The Loch Ness monster mystery hunter does not regret having spent the past 24 years living a grown man’s dream. He spends his time with film crews, journalists, biologists, and tourists from all over the world exploring the possibilities of what Nessie might be while dining at a Mediterranean-style buffet, enjoying an evening campfire, and looking at starry nights. When alone at Loch Ness, “I stand at the shoreline and feel the energy that pours off the place, before retiring to watch the night sky through the skylight above my bed. That, to me, is a perfect day.”
After having spent all of those years at Loch Ness, looking at all of the evidence, and speaking to eyewitnesses, Feltham says that Nessie is most likely a Wels catfish. Wels catfish can grow up to 13 feet (4 meters), weigh over 880 pounds (400 kilograms.), and live for decades. “What a lot of people have reported seeing would fit in with the description of the catfish with its long curved back,” says Feltham.
The Loch Ness monster mystery is not solved, emphasizes Feltham. To him, the explanation that Nessie is a Wels catfish is a possibility, but he himself believes that there might be other explanations and he certainly does not intend to shatter anyone’s dream of what Nessie might be. While most visitors to Loch Ness are preoccupied with the question of whether there is a Loch Ness monster or not, Feltham says that he is trying to get a different point across: “That if you have a dream, no matter how harebrained others think it is, then it is worth trying to make it come true. I’m living proof that it might just work.” As for him, Feltham has never regretted being a Loch Ness monster hunter – “Never, not for one second.”