Loch Ness Monster spotted on Apple Maps.
Loch Ness Monster Hunter Claims to Have Spotted Mythical Beast in Apple Maps.
Hoax or Fact:
These pictures that started spreading heavily online in mid April 2014 claimed to show the mythical Loch Ness Monster that was supposedly spotted on Apple Maps. That doesn't appear to be the fact.
About the Picture
The picture is a satellite image that users of Apple's map app have spotted in Loch Ness, just to the south of Dores, in the Scottish Highlands. The mysterious shape is said to reveal the legendary Loch Ness monster swimming below the surface of the world famous loch in Scotland. Estimated to be 50ft in length in the water, the monster is shown to have giant, ghostly flippers either on the surface, or just below the surface.
The image in question has been studied by experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club for six months, who have concluded it may be the proof that the legend Nessie (as Loch Ness Monster is affectionately called) lives on. Talking about the satellite image, the president of the Club, Gary Campbell told the mail Online(dailymail.co.uk), "We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing... the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie."
The grainy satellite image does show a strange formation in the Loch waters. The fact about these images is, they were in fact taken years ago, but have re-surfaced again when the story was picked up by British newspapers.
Twenty six year old Andrew Dixon, a charity worker from Durham, was one of the people who alerted the Loch Ness Monster Fan Club about the new images. Talking about his find, he told mail Online(dailymail.co.uk), "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”.
Initial explanations about the shape seen in the satellite image said it could simply be the underwater currents in the Loch. However, several sources later debunked the "Nessie" photo to be simply a boat wake, with the low-contrast boat barely visible. This is because, the distinctive wake pattern matches with that created by other boats, both on Loch Ness and in other lakes. Moreover, as reported by LiveScience.com, the satellite image is not a single image, as many assumed, it is instead a composite of several different images, each with a different contrast -- which is what created the illusion of a creature. So the satellite image does not show any mythical Loch Ness monster, but simply a boat wake.
Loch Ness Monster: Hoax or Fact?
The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has been famous for decades, and is said to be around since the sixth century, when an Irish Saint Columba witnessed locals burying a man who had been attacked by the 'water beast'.
In 1933, George Spicer and his wife claimed to have seen 'a most extraordinary form of animal' that was 4 feet high and 25 feet long crossing the road near the loch. The next year in 1934, Dr Robert Kenneth Wilson took the famous picture of the Loch Ness Monster (shown in Image Gallery), but it was later revealed to be a hoax; the creature been made with a toy from Woolworth's. Again in 1935, renowned big game hunter Marmaduke Wetherell claimed to have found a footprint of the monster that was later revealed to have been made by him using a type of dried hippo's foot that was then used as umbrella stands.
In this way, most reports of the mysterious aquatic beast of Loch Ness have simply been mistakes and misidentifications, this Nessie satellite photo being the latest. In spite of many recorded sightings of Loch Ness monster over the years, most of them were revealed to be hoaxes and scientists do not believe in the suggestion that a monster lives in the loch.