Is Nessie dead? Reports suggest the iconic Loch Ness Monster has not been spotted in over a year.

This is the first time in about 90 years that there has been such a long absence of sightings, BBC News reported.

Gary Campbell, who keeps records of sea monster sightings, said nobody has claimed to have spotted Nessie in 18 months.

"It's very upsetting news and we don't know where she's gone," Campbell told the BBC. "The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but this is the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn't seen at all."

Loch Ness Monster sighting only really began less than a century ago. The monster gained its fame in 1933, when a local newspaper published a story on the rumored creature lurking in the dark body of water, LiveScience reported. Some believe Nessie was first spotted back in A.D. 565; a Catholic Church-based legend claims St. Columba scared off a monster that was threatening a man in the loch.

Some believe Nessie is a long-necked aquatic dinosaur, while others don't think the creature exists at all. Past photos taken of the beast have been deemed hoaxes, depicting thins such as ducks splashing in the water or waves. One picture was believed to have not been taken on Loch Ness at all.

The creature has been allegedly spotted on numerous occasions throughout the past several decades.

The loch is 20 miles long and about a mile wide in most areas. If monsters did exist in the loch they would be trapped as no waterways lead from the body of water to the ocean.

 "So far 1,036 reported sightings have been recorded and there were some in 2012," Campbell told the BBC. "I'm convinced that Nessie has just taken some time out and will be back with a vengeance this year."