Is the Loch Ness Monster on the loose in the Thames?

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Hayley Spencer
The Emirates Air Line cable car above the mist in east London.
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An unidentified creature has taken up residence in the Thames near the O2 in Greenwich. It's been caught on camera and posted to YouTube by an eagle-eyed Londoner who was riding over the river on the Emirates Air Line, and now some commenters are convinced that the creature could be the Loch Ness Monster.

This is the city where super-slugs have taken over, ducks have visited KFC and goats have ridden the tube, after all. So who could blame Nessy for wanting in on the action? It can't be fun being patriotic and sticking around Scotland all year round – everyone deserves a holiday.

Other conspiracists (namely those who don't believe in the Loch Ness Monster) are suggesting the creature lurking beneath the murky water could be a whale. Which isn't too bad a theory considering a humpback was found dead near Dartford Bridge in 2009, and another became stranded in the river three years earlier trying to make it to the Atlantic.

Then again, perhaps this is just a belated April Fool's, or the ultimate super-slug. Who knows. Paranoid scrawlings on a postcard, please.

Fancy something a little fluffier? Here's some cute photos of Londoners and their rescue pets

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