- 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.
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.
‘Looks like we have our own Loch Ness Monster?! Any experts out there?
‘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.
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.