The mystery of the Loch Ness monster has been troubling humanity since time immemorial now. Sightings of “Nessie”, as the Loch Ness Monster is also known, have been reported almost every year since 565 AD. In the modern era too, people have reported seeing the elusive creature often with inconclusive evidence. In the latest such report – which is also the first one to emerge in 2014, a satellite image is believed to have captured the Loch Ness monster in action – gliding through water.
According to Yahoo, satellite images accessible through Apple’s mapping application Apple iOS Maps has shown something that looks like the Loch Ness monster swimming below the water surface in the area of Dores, a village located on the south shore of the Loch Ness. The image was first spotted by two different amateur Loch Ness monster hunters, Peter Thain from Northumberland and Andy Dixon from County Durham. Nixon in an interview later said that the spotting of the image within the mapping application was pure accident. He was just trying out the application and simply chose to try out the Loch Ness area out of curiosity. “I could see something big under the water and I saved it to my phone. My first thought was that it was the monster and I contacted Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club,” he told a local TV channel, STV.
He further adds, “I was a believer in Nessie even before this but I had never seen it. Now I am so excited, I can’t wait to get up north and pay a visit – with a camera of course. Unfortunately I have not seen anything since but I will keep looking.”
Campbell is pretty much convinced that the image is indeed that of Nessie. He says that there is no way the object seen in the photo could be anything other than the Loch Ness monster. He adds that initially it was difficult to find the object as it doesn’t appear on all online satellite images, and is restricted only to Apple products. He claims that before making the news public, they have had boating experts look at the image to check if the image was that of some kind of a boat. They however concluded that while it did look like a boat, it cannot be one because of the lack of either a hull or a superstructure. Also, other boats in the area do show up clearly on Apple Maps – unlike this one.
“Whatever it is, it’s just below the surface 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,” Campbell adds.
The news of the Loch Ness monster’s comeback – albeit in the form of a blurry, inconclusive image — is being talked about with great interest in the region. This is likely due to the fact that it’s been 18 months since the last known credible sighting of the Loch Ness monster. There were inconclusive appearances in 2013, though.
After taking a look at the picture, what do you think? Is this really the Loch Ness Monster?
[Image via MacDailyNews]