My 23 year obsession with the Loch Ness monster - and how I missed my big chance to prove she exists
From Yahoo News UK
A full time Loch Ness monster hunter has dedicated 23 years of his life just to catch a glimpse of her - but didn't have his camera with him the one time Nessie turned up.
Professional Nessie hunter Steve Feltham, 51, from Wimborne, Dorset quit his job fitting security cameras to spend his days searching for Nessie and living on the banks of Loch Ness, Inverness-shire, back in 1991.
The monster-hunter became obsessed with the legend of Nessie after a family holiday to the Highlands when he was just seven - and made it his life's mission to prove she exists.
But after 23 years of patiently watching the loch, Steve still doesn't have any proof of the beast's existence - because he forgot his camera the day he did spot the monster in 1993.
Steve said: "Gutted is an understatement for that moment. It was the moment I had always dreamed of since I was a young boy - but I didn't catch it on film.
"Ever since I have dedicated my life to seeing Nessie again - and this time I am ready with my camera."
For the past 23 years Steve has carefully studied the waters of the Loch in the hope of catching a glimpse of his beloved Nessie.
But Steve couldn't believe his eyes when he caught a glimpse of Nessie after just 18 months of living on the banks of Loch Ness.
Steve said: "I was sitting on the shore near the Fort Augustus end of the Loch when something went past the bay, through the water.
"It was like a torpedo shot and it had some weight behind it, hitting through the waves.
"Nothing in Loch Ness could create a disturbance like that- apart from Nessie.
"I just sat there in amazement. It was the moment I had always been waiting for and I am kicking myself for not taking a photo.
"Since then I have been by the Loch with my camera poised, every day, come rain or shine. I won't let an opportunity like that pass me by again."
It was childhood holiday to the Scottish Highlands in 1970 which sparked a lifelong fascination with the Loch Ness Monster for Steve.
Steve said: "I remember standing on the banks of Loch Ness while on holiday with my family and watching a big expedition of Nessie hunters set up a platform with a huge metre long camera.
"I remember being fascinated by the mystery of the monster and I was hooked from there."