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Loch Ness Monster satellite photo: Image finally captures proof of the beast?

Two men independently using an Apple Maps app are questioning whether or not they have found the elusive Loch Ness Monster. After six months of studying the satellite image, experts and amateurs alike agree that they have no idea what seems to be lurking beneath the surface of Scotland's famous lake. But some at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club have concluded that it is "likely" the photo is that of the massive beast.

The Daily Mail reported on April 19 that Andrew Dixon, 26, from Darlington, County Durham, told them: "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.' It was the shape of it, I thought it had to be something more than a shadow."

Peter Thain, from Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, was the second individual to come across the same image by using Apple’s satellite map app. Both he and Dixon forwarded the image to the Fan Club.

Gary Campbell, president of the club, maintains a register of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. He noted that it was the first sighting in 18 months, a drought that hasn't occurred since the monster was first sighted in 1925.

"It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing," he said. "You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.

"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."

Likely? Possibly.

Ever wonder whether or not there was any truth to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster? Many of the sightings over the years have proven to be hoaxes. And although the satellite photo currently being touted as the latest "proof" of the Loch Ness Monster's existence might defy quick explanation, there is little reason to believe it is an image of the massive aquatic beast.

But there is also no reason not to be hopeful that the photo is that of the famed monster.

Where do you stand?

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