A Scottish cruise company has insured its fleet against damage from the Loch Ness Monster and is in line for a £5million payout if any of its luxury vessels collides with the legendary monster.
Jacobite Cruises says that Nessie may be keeping a low profile recently, but it's not taking any chances.
The company, which carries more than 100,000 sightseers on Loch Ness each year, struck the unusual insurance deal with Inverness firm, Towergate Moray Firth.
Freda Newton, owner of Jacobite Cruises said: "I don't know what the odds of this actually happening might be, but this is Loch Ness and how stupid would we look if it did and we weren't covered for it?
"I hope we never have to make a claim on this policy and if Nessie does make another appearance she gives our boats a wide berth."
Jacobite Cruises operates a fleet of three luxury vessels: the Jacobite Queen, the Jacobite Legend and the Jacobite Warrior, offering daily trips on the world-famous loch.
Bob Jack, Director of Towergate Moray Firth, said: "This is probably the most unusual insurance request we have ever had, but we were delighted to provide cover to Jacobite Cruises.
Forget the monster: Big cat terrorising Loch Ness locals
VisitScotland's Shetland ponies inspire new knitting tours