Loch Ness Monster hunters have detected "four distinctive noises" under the water, sparking new hope the beast could be found.
The biggest hunt for Nessie in more than 50 years is currently underway with about 200 volunteers flocking to the Scottish lake this weekend (August 26-27) hoping to catch a glimpse of the mythical monster.
Loch Ness Exploration boss Alan McKenna revealed the teams would be using a hydrophone system, a microphone that will allow the volunteers to "listen to the underwater world of Loch Ness".
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"On Friday (August 25), actually when we were testing equipment we did hear four distinctive noises that we didn't know where it was coming from, we didn't know what the origin of it was.
"[It's] quite exciting, but again we're not saying it is the Loch Ness Monster.
"It just means that we now have to go back out and do it all again, […] in the same location, to try and identify these noises."
McKenna added there were 12 people on the speaker system who all heard the mystery sounds.
Paul Nixon, general manager at the Loch Ness Monster, said the microphone had been dropped 60ft under the surface of the water when it picked up the sounds.
"So far we've had some really exciting noises heard on our underwater hydrophone," he added.
"[Loch Ness Exploration] have detected some noises that they can't quite explain."
The hunt for Nessie this weekend, dubbed 'the quest', is the largest of its kind since 1972.
A lot has changed since then and organisers are pulling out all the stops to give themselves the best chance of spotting the monster including whipping out the latest cutting-edge tech.
Researchers will have access to drones fitted with infrared cameras as well as the hydrophone, giving them previously inaccessible info on Nessie's potential movements.
Participant Craig Gallifrey told Sky News prior to the start of the search: "I believe there is something in the Loch.
"There's got to be something that's fuelling the speculation."
The mystery noises aren't the only exciting development at Loch Ness this week.
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TikToker Paige Daley, who runs the channel @lochnessmonsterofficial, also uncovered a network of secret caves she speculated could be Nessie's underwater lair.
"There were multiple entrances and it was clear that these were linked up to each other within the hillside," she said of the find.
"There was no apparent sign of life in the caves, but then again, it was just a black watery abyss close to the loch."
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