Doctor believes he has snapped a new image of the Loch Ness Monster

Dipak Ram, an NHS consultant from Manchester, took the image that shows a large dark "mass" in the waves of the legendary loch last week.

The 33-year-old spotted the dark shadow in the water near Dores beach at 5.35pm.

The medic at first believed it was a strange wave pattern but insists that when he zoomed in with his camera he found a "stationary object".

Dipak, who says the sighting was witnessed by a fellow tourist, claims that this was “Nessie’s hump or neck” and says it disappeared below the surface after 30-35 seconds.

Speaking today, the NHS doctor who works across Greater Manchester, said: “We have had a breathtaking experience of spotting Nessie and were very lucky indeed.

“We noticed a dark shadow in the water which we initially thought was just a wave but the shadow remained persistent for about 30-35 seconds with water moving around it.

“It was cloudy without any rain but the waves were reasonably calm and we took the picture from the rocky aspect of Dores beach.”

“When I zoomed in using my camera phone, it became much more apparent that the stationary object was indeed Nessie’s hump/long neck.

“After 30-35 seconds, the shadow disappeared downwards into the water. Unfortunately, we didn’t film it as we were in shock.”

Dipak named the witness as Tom Smith, a “fellow traveller” from Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, but says he does not have contact details for him.

The most recent previous Nessie sighting was taken by Charlotte Robinson on her camera phone on August 17.

The 12-year-old school girl from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was staying in Invermoriston at the Loch Ness Highland Lodge when Nessie appeared 50ft away before sinking and then resurfacing seven minutes later.

Last year, Nessie was spotted 11 times, which a record number of sightings in this century.

New research reveals that Nessie is worth £41m a year to the Scottish economy.

The research was carried out by Gary Campbell, a chartered accountant, who keeps the official register of Loch Ness Monster sighting and used the most recent visitor figures.

Dores beach, on the eastern shore of the loch near Inverness, was at the centre of a Nessie sensation in 2016 when a dog walker spotted remains of a skeleton.

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