Most kids who dream of becoming a professional monster hunter end up choosing a more practical path. Not Steve Feltham. When he was 24 years old, the Scotsman quit his job installing burglar alarms, sold his house in Dorset, purchased a mobile home, and moved to Loch Ness. Feltham has spent more than two decades living on the lake's shores, hoping to spot the mythical beast that purportedly lives in its depths. Today, he even holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous Nessie lookout.

Feltham has never actually spotted the Loch Ness Monster, but he's still happy with the life he’s chosen, he tells Great Big Story. "My life contains freedom, adventure, unpredictability, and the chance of one of the world’s greatest discoveries, should I ever happen to find Nessie,” the monster hunter reflects. “It’s a dream come true.” As long as the promise of the monster exists, tourists will likely find Feltham on the beach with his telescope, scanning the horizon.

[h/t Great Big Story]