Is that a Din O’Saur? ‘Irish Loch Ness monster’ caught on camera by film students in Lough Foyle

  • Students on college film project capture huge dark shape in water
  • But critics say there are inconsistencies and video is a spoof

Students filming for a college project claim to have captured on film a ‘monster’ swimming in Irish waters.The group claim they were in Lough Foyle, Donegal, shooting for their short film Fishing with David Lynch when a huge dark shape sped past them through the water.One of the students, calling himself Conall Melarkey, uploaded the footage to YouTube.

 

Students working on a college project claim to have captured film footage of a monster swimming through an Irish LoughStudents working on a college project claim to have captured film footage of a monster swimming through an Irish Lough
Student Conall Melarkey was dressed up as film-maker David Lynch for their project Fishing With David LynchStudent Conall Melarkey was dressed up as film-maker David Lynch for their project Fishing With David Lynch

He said: ‘Was shooting in Lough Foyle when this thing went past us. It was massive. Really don’t know what it was. There have been whales in the Lough before so maybe that’s what it was but Matthew was closer than we were and says it was no whale.

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‘We’re still filming so if it shows up again we’ll do our best to get a better shot of it. Our film’s called Fishing with David Lynch, which was why I was wearing the suit (a David Lynch costume.)’

But critics have pointed out a number of inconsistencies in the footage which suggest it is a spoof.

Some said cables can be seen coming from one of the boats.

And the landmass in the background of the video is of Howth as see from near Dún Laoghaire harbour, around 130 miles away from Lough Foyle, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

The dark shape approaches the boats where the students were filmingThe dark shape approaches the boats where the students were filming
Critics said the landmass in the background of the video shows it was actually filmed around 130 miles from Lough FoyleCritics said the landmass in the background of the video shows it was actually filmed around 130 miles from Lough Foyle
Conall Melarkey insisted the video was not a hoax and the creature was not a whale
Suspicious viewers suggested wires could be seen coming from the second boat

There is also a large boat to the right of the screen about half-way through the shaky 59-second video that further suggests the pair are not filming in the Lough, the paper said.

Others have suggested Mr Melarkey may be a fake name.

Mr Melarkey, who is believed to be a student at North West Regional College in Derry, denied the film was a hoax.

He said: ‘Can’t believe people are suggesting this is just a viral promotion for our wee college project, which is only like 2 minutes long. We’re not even going to upload it to YouTube.’

The modern myth of the Loch Ness monster started 80 years ago, when the Inverness Courier ran a story on a couple who said they had seen a strange creature swimming in the loch.

Stories of a large monster living in Loch Ness, Scotland, have abounded since a couple first reported a sighting in 1933Stories of a large monster living in Loch Ness, Scotland, have abounded since a couple first reported a sighting in 1933weekend world news

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