SIGHTINGS of the Loch Ness monster in 2021 have already reached the number recorded in 2020 after two more incidents were added to the official register.

Two sightings of the mythical creature happened in August and have been accepted by The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

So far in 2021, there have been a total of 13 sightings of Nessie as those recorded by eight-year-old Benjamin Scanlon and Donegal resident Eoin O'Fagan were added.

Five of the sightings were recorded at Loch Ness and another eight were through webcams of the loch.

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O'Fagan made his sighting on August 22 when he reported seeing "two black shapes" moving across the screen of his webcam view of Loch Ness that then completely disappeared.

Then, just four days later on August 26, Scanlon who was on a cruise of the loch conveniently titled the "Nessie Hunter" during a holiday from London when he made his sighting.

The Register reported: "He spotted something on the sonar on the boat and caught the image.

"Captain Mike of the boat estimated it to be 3-4 metres in length, at a depth of about 20 metres, while the boat was in the water about 40 metres deep."

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According to the register's website, there have been more than 1100 recorded sightings of Nessie to date with the earliest dating back to 565AD.

The first modern sighting took place in May 1933 when a local couple claimed to see “an enormous animal" on the surface of the water.

Anyone visiting Loch Ness can report sightings to the official record on their website at