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Was the Loch Ness Monster found by Apple Maps?

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Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club says that he believes Apple Maps has found the legendary fairy creature known as the Loch Ness Monster. As reported in the U.K. newspaper "The Daily Telegraph" this morning, Andrew Dixon of Darlington, County Durham, England says, “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.’”

Campbell told the "Telegraph," “We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is.” After spending six months investigating the image, the group reached the conclusion that the shadowy image must be Nessie.

The first story associated with Nessie dates back to the seventh century when St. Columba was supposed to have stopped a water beast that had been terrorizing residents near Loch Ness. The elusive water beast reappeared in 1933 when several sightings of a sea serpent-like creature were famously reported. In 1938 a local police constable William Fraser wrote a letter to his superiors stating that there was no doubt that the creature existed. This letter was released by the National Archives of Scotland in 2010.

The Loch Ness Monster became a pop-culture phenomenon and increased in popularity with each decade, reaching its pinnacle of popularity in the 1970s. This latest report is the first new Nessie sighting in the past 18 months.

Scientific investigations have failed to turn up any evidence of a large creature living in Loch Ness. Many people believe that Nessie is most likely a fairy creature such as a kelpie (water horse), nixie, or other related water fairy. Such water fairies can appear either in human form, or as some form of water beast, sea monster, or serpent.

Being a water spirit, no scientific investigation would be likely to be able to turn up any evidence. They are subtle-bodied beings, or light beings that are not like the dense physical beings of this dimension. According to experts R. Ogilvie Crombie (co-founder of Findhorn, and author of “Meeting Fairies: My Remarkable Encounters with Nature Spirits”) and Geoffrey Hodson (author of “Fairies at Work and Play”), in their natural state, fairies appear as little lights. They can choose to appear to humans in various forms according to how our minds imagine them. They therefore can appear as little people with wings, sea serpents, mermaids, or any other ancient archetypal image.

So, while it’s always fun to hear about another Nessie sighting, it’s not likely that Apple Maps has captured an image of the world’s most beloved water fairy.

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