Lake Windermere has long been rumoured to be the home of a lake monster affectionately called Bownessie.
Tom Pickles and his companion Sarah Harrington were kayaking across the water when something strange swam passed them. Luckily they had a camera phone available.
The creature was swimming at about 10mph and three or four humps at a time were visible above the water.
‘I thought it was a dog,’ said Tom. ‘Then I realised it was much bigger and moving really quickly. Each hump was moving in a rippling motion and it was swimming fast. I could tell it was much bigger underneath from the huge shadow around it.
‘Its skin was like a seal’s but its shape was abnormal – it’s not like any animal I’ve ever seen before. We saw it for about 20 seconds. It was petrifying. We paddled back to the shore straight away.’
Read more about their encounter on the Daily Mail