Ok sure, it has been established that Apple Maps are not always the most reliable, but a satellite image thought to reveal none other than the Loch Ness Monster has some Nessie aficionados believing she's been spotted once again.
Andy Dixon, who is described as a Loch Ness enthusiast, said on Friday that he came across the image "purely by accident" as he was combing satellite images around Scotland and decided to check out Loch Ness, located about 23 miles southwest of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.
The ghoulish-looking figure in the water was originally thought to be the wake of a boat (the pattern generated on the water behind a moving object), but no hull is visible and the map does pick up on other boats in the area. Dixon then sent the image to the Official Loch Ness Monster Club's Gary Campbell, who keeps records of every Nessie sighting.
“Whatever it is, it’s just below the surface and heading south so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie,” Campbell said.
AppleInsider made sure to point out that Campbell also said the image could not be found on a Google satellite map of the same area.
News of a possible identification comes a couple of months after some believers became worried following a nearly 18-month dry spell in sightings, the longest lapse in about 90 years. In February, Campbell was quoted as saying he didn't buy that the monster had somehow left the loch or even died, adding he was "convinced that Nessie has just taken some time out and will be back with a vengeance this year."
Modern Nessie sightings date back to the mid-twenties. The fascination with the creature intensified in 1934 when a published photo was determined to be a hoax. Catholic legend holds that in the sixth century St. Columba banished a giant beast threatening a man in the Ness River to the lake it is now purported to reside in. The list of sightings over the years has over 1,000 entries on it and dates back about 1,500 years.