Longest continuous vigil seeking Loch Ness monster
Steve Feltham
United Kingdom ()

As of June 2023, the longest continuous vigil at the shore of Loch Ness is 32 years by Steve Feltham (UK), who has dedicated himself full-time to the detection of the Loch Ness Monster – aka “Nessie” – since 19 June 1991.

These tranquil waters in the Scottish Highlands have become a Mecca for cryptozoologists, who believe that a sea monster lurks somewhere beneath the surface of the 56‑km² (22‑sq‑mile) lake. Although no concrete evidence of Nessie has been found, reports of strange “water beasts” in the area date back to the 6th century.

Feltham was born in Weymouth, Dorset, UK, and became fascinated by the mystery of Loch Ness at the age of seven, when his family visited the Highlands and he encountered the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau, who funded their research by selling pamphlets and photographs. This sparked a fire in the young Feltham, who, later in life, quit his job as a burglar-alarm fitter and moved to Loch Ness full time. He now lives on the shore at Dores Beach in a converted mobile library and spends every day scanning the loch in search of the monster. Early on in his vigil, he did witness "something that was going against the lake’s current as it was a torpedo and it was a white streak pushing against the waves and current", but he has otherwise yet to report a positive sighting.

The most prolific Nessie eyewitness is Alex Campbell, a water bailiff who worked at the loch for more than 40 years. He claimed to have made 17 observations of Nessie, starting in May 1934.