The Loch Ness monster, spotted on Apple Maps? Has the fabled creature been spied out via satellite imagery in the large, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands? (Loch being the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for lake.) Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of “Nessie” – the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster.
Evidently, one man looked where none else did. While some are logging into satellite feed to search for missing Malaysian Flight 370, others are using eyes-in-the-sky to search for sightings of mythical monsters taking a dip in our lakes and rivers.
Says Newser.com on April 19: “Apple Maps may have gotten a bad rap upon release—but when it comes to monster-hunting, it beats Google.”
The image, spotted last year and hotly debated by monster enthusiasts everywhere, shows an object approximately 50 feet in length in loch Ness, swimming underwater at a location just south of Dores, Scotland, near the southern shore.
So large that it can be seen from space, it is enough to send shockwaves through even the most cynical Nessie sceptic. This shadowy form measuring around 100ft long and seemingly with two giant flippers powering it through the waters of Loch Ness was photographed by a satellite. – UK’s Mail Online
After some hard analysis, experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club ruled (not surprisingly) that the image is “likely” their affectionately named Nessie.
“It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing,” said Gary Campbell, president of the fan club. “Whatever this is, it is under the water 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.”
Other possibilities – a boat, log, debris, shark, seal, currents etc. – all were ruled out. Nothing can account for the odd shape of what appears to be two large flippers on the side.
The excitement over the image has ended a long drought among Nessie spotters and their so-called “confirmed sightings.” Campbell said that in the previous 18 months, no one had stepped forward to say they had seen the freshwater beast – the first time since way back in 1925 that there has been a no-show hiatus.
Of course, the most famed photo of Nessie – the black and white photo taken by Dr Kenneth Wilson in 1934 allegedly showing the head and neck – was exposed as a fake, with most agreeing that the image of the sea creature was staged.
This new image however was zeroed in on by at least two spotters. One of the men claiming dibs on the Apple satellite image is 26-year-old Andrew Dixon, a charity worker for the Great North Air Ambulance in Darlington.
Dixon said: “It was a total fluke that I found it. I was looking at satellite images of my town and then just thought I’d have a look at Loch Ness. The first thing that came into my head when I saw it was, ‘That’s the Loch Ness Monster.’”
The 49-year-old Campbell, an accountant who lives in Inverness, hopes that more individuals will start using satellite feeds to search for Nessie.
“Now that we have spies in the skies above Loch Ness, maybe we will get more sightings which will whet the appetite of more down to earth Nessie hunters to come north,” he said. “Furthermore, the use of satellite technology means that if Nessie is just swimming below the surface like in this case, we can still pick her up,” adding that it’s “great to see Nessie back.”
So what are your thoughts? Think this image is the real deal? Leave your comments below.