The Loch Ness monster has been spotted for the first time this year and the official "sighting" has been recorded.

In January alone three sightings have been reported already with viewers claiming to have seen the mysterious creature.

During a live stream of Urquhart Bay, viewers saw “unexplained” objects in the loch measuring around “a dozen feet long”.

The first sighting of the year was reported on January 11 by American Kalynn Wangle, reports Daily Record.

She noticed a “V-shaped wake” followed by “something black” surfacing on the water for a second, before disappearing back under.

After checking back the footage a few times, she felt certain of what she saw and reported it to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, who later verified her account.

The second sighting was recorded by veteran Nessie Watcher Eoin O'Faodhagain, from Drumdoit, Co Donegal.

He saw an “unexplained” figure lurking in the loch on January 19 and watched for 20 minutes as it disturbed the waters.

The hospital worker managed to capture a three-minute clip of the sighting and claims there were no other boats present to account for the unusual activity.

Just days later on January 22, he recorded another sighting very similar to his first of this year.

Mr O'Faodhagain explained: "I just went into the webcam at 2.11 pm and immediately saw what I could make out was two objects splashing around in the bay about 100 feet apart.

“They were two black objects throwing up a lot of water, and from the distance were large looking in the water.

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“Then the one on the right submerged, and then came up again. The one on the left did the same thing intermittently.

“They were visible for up to three minutes, and then there was nothing.

“They could have been a couple of feet out of the water and maybe a dozen feet long."

Mr O’Faodhagain is no stranger to Nessie, having spotted the “biggest ever” sighting of the legendary creature in June last year.

There were 13 “confirmed” sightings of Nessie in 2019, including one recorded through sonar.

According to a study in 2018, the elusive creature is estimated to bring in around £41 million to the Scottish economy through tourism.

Keeper of Register of Sightings, Gary Campbell, says the sightings this month are "a great start to the year".

He said: "It's getting more common now with the webcam to have more sightings in the winter. It used to just be in summer in the tourist season.

"But now that area of the Loch is virtually being watched 24/7.

"The cynics might say we make it up, but we never claim it is a sighting just something unexplained."

The 55-year-old also explained there is a strict process for ruling out false sightings, including checking for nearby boats, birds and bugs on the webcam lens.

He added: "With Loch Ness, truth is stranger than fiction. Some of the photos are genuinely inexplicable.

"There would be no need to fake anything as there is already so much going on."

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