Loch Ness Monster Spotted on Apple Maps: Fact Check

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Loch Ness Monster Spotted on Apple Maps


Loch Ness Monster spotted on Apple Maps.

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Loch Ness Monster Hunter Claims to Have Spotted Mythical Beast in Apple Maps.

Fact Check:

These pictures spread heavily online in mid April 2014 claiming to show the mythical Loch Ness Monster supposedly spotted on Apple Maps. It does not appear so and explained here.

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Loch Ness Monster Spotted on Apple Maps

Loch Ness Monster Spotted on Apple Maps?

The picture is a satellite image users of Apple’s map app spotted in Loch Ness, 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.

Experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club studied the image in question for six months. They concluded it may be the proof 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.”

Old Images

The grainy satellite image does show a strange formation in the Loch waters. The images were in fact taken years ago and have re-surfaced again, 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 website:

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 of the satellite image said it could simply show the underwater currents in the Loch. However, several sources later debunked the “Nessie” photo is 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 a composite of several different images, each with a different contrast — creating 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 is famous for decades. It is said to exist since the sixth century, when an Irish Saint Columba witnessed locals burying a man who was attacked by the ‘water beast’.

The Famous Picture of the Loch Ness Monster
The Famous Picture of the Loch Ness Monster

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