LOCH Ness Monster experts today pledged to examine new video footage taken by an amateur scientist who claims to have found Nessie.

The two-minute video clip, recorded on Saturday, shows what appears to be a long, black creature swimming just below the surface of Loch Ness.

The creature's head breaks the surface as it propels itself through the water. Images from the tape also clearly show how the creature creates a wake on the surface of the water as it swims in the direction of Inverness.

The film was taken by amateur scientist Gordon Holmes, from Shipley, Yorkshire, who estimates the "creature" was moving at around 6mph.

Mr Holmes, who works as a technician at Bradford University, was in the area using hydrophones to detect underwater noises from the loch.

He said he saw the monster at 9.50pm while he was filming the loch from a layby on the A82.

Mr Holmes, 55, said: "I was minutes from going home but I saw something moving and dashed out of the car and switched the camcorder on.

"About 200 yards away from me I could see something in the water. It was definitely a creature propelling itself through the water. It was fairly bubbling along the water. It was streaking along."

Adrian Shine, project leader for Loch Ness 2000 based at Drumnadrochit, has spent more than 30 years investigating the loch and said the video seemed genuine.

He added: "At first glance it does certainly seem to show an animal swimming through the water."

Nessie investigator Dick Raynor, of the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, said: "Both he and the film seem genuine and there's no evidence of faking or tampering. I would definitely be willing to study it further."

Mr Holmes will now transfer his video to DVD when he returns to Yorkshire and make it available for analysis by experts.