IT SEEMS the Loch Ness Monster might have fancied a change of scenery, after a snap appeared to show a Nessie-like creature lurking in a lake in London.
The unknown creature was captured roaming the waters in Wimbledon in a photo that looks just like the infamous image taken by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson in 1934 that sparked the Nessie craze.
The extraordinary shot shows a mysterious black outline prowling Wimbledon Park Lake, which some people have speculated could be the legendary beast.
The theory has been fuelled by it bearing a bizarre likeness to the notorious “surgeon’s photograph” published 88 years ago which was supposedly the first image to capture Nessie’s neck and head.
But instead of surgeon Colonel Wilson being behind the lens, Londoner Arek Chytros took the picture of what he believes is the mythical monster.
The construction site manager said he had been strolling by the picturesque lake one morning when he noticed what appears to be the Loch Ness Monster peeking out of the depths.
After sharing the snap online, it caused a stir amongst social media users who were left wide-eyed by the picture allegedly showing the creature down south.
One wrote: “My goodness!”
While another added: “Awesome.”
But not everyone was convinced Nessie would have made the gruelling journey to Wimbledon, travelling almost 600 miles away from her usual stomping ground.
One local commented: “That’s an escaped elephant. Anyone missing any?”
And a second guessed: “F***ing wild swimmers!”
A Scot even chimed in on the debate, saying: “On behalf of all Invernessians living in London, I can confirm that we endorse this message.”
Some suggested Arek, 35, may have actually spotted a cat, an exhaust system, a wheelbarrow or possibly a bike.
Yet one remained convinced the Loch Ness Monster had “took a holiday”.
The “surgeon’s photograph” from 1934 sparked an almighty buzz at the time, but is now believed to have been an elaborate hoax.
You never know what’s hiding in the unknown.
It was apparently created using a toy submarine with wood putty attached, fashioned into a head and neck by a group of pranksters.
One of the tricksters, Chris Spurling, is said to have revealed the pictures were staged on his deathbed.
But Arek has kept a pragmatic stance on the truth behind his recent sighting, telling Pen News: “It’s a tree.”
“As soon as I spotted it I thought of Nessie hence I snapped a picture,” he added.
However, the 35-year-old is still keeping an open mind as to whether an actual Loch Ness Monster exists.
“You never know what’s hiding in the unknown,” Arek said.
“If a real Nessie exists then it’s gotta be some dinosaur that refused to go extinct. I’d like to think that it does exist.”
Six official sightings were from visitors to the Scottish loch and the other ten from webcam watchers around the globe.
Boffins previously investigated whether sightings of large, mysterious sea creatures like the Loch Ness Monster are actually whale PENISES.
Experts believe that the long neck or tail of mythical creatures, which often appear in photographs, are actually willies sticking out of the water.
A study speculated that many accounts of large mysterious sea creatures with a “serpent-like tail” were actually a large baleen whale and its “snake-like penis”.
They added that other accounts could be attributed to the male members of certain whale species, which can be at least 1.8 metres long and are sometimes spotted rising from the water during mating.
Other researchers have suggested Nessie may actually be a giant eel.