He does not regret the time he spent looking for the beast

By Sarah BegleySarah Begley / Time.com and Time.com
July 17, 2015
Reg Speller

A man who has spent the last 24 years searching for the Loch Ness monster says it is probably just a catfish, after all.

Steve Feltham, 52, apparently gave up his job, home and girlfriend more than two decades ago to track Nessie, but now he’s convinced the mythical beast is just that—a myth. Now he thinks it’s much more likely that the creature people have reported seeing is a very large Wels catfish. The species can grow up to 13 ft. long and were introduced to the water for fishing during the Victorian period, according to Reuters. Never mind that the first written record of the monster is from the 6th century AD.

Has Feltham’s realization brought a sense of wasted time? Not so. “I certainly don’t regret the last 24 years,” he told the Times of London.

This article originally appeared on time.com.