The Loch Ness Monster, nicknamed “Nessie,” has been a legend, intriguing people all over the world since the early sixth century. There have been hundreds of sightings throughout the years, but so far, no clear evidence has led to the confirmation that the famous monster exists. However, that hasn’t stopped believers from searching the waters of Loch Ness in hopes of finally getting a look at the mythical creature.
Google has now joined that search by placing their Street View cameras across the Scottish loch. According to Yahoo News, the cameras are taking photos both above and below the waterline to help Nessie hunters explore the area.
Google explained that the development was created to commemorate the Surgeon’s Photograph taken by Robert Wilson in 1934. It was the first image to clearly show something in the water, but was eventually ruled as a hoax.
“Sail across the freshwater lake and take in its haunting beauty, made darker still by the peat particles found in its waters.
“Let the Loch unlock the spirit of your imagination, where the rippling water, tricks of the light, and drifting logs bring the legend of Nessie to life.”
Within a week, using a diver to take the Street View Trekker camera underwater and a camera attached to a boat to take the above water photos, Google had gathered their images. This marks the first time that Google has taken their cameras off of the road.
One photograph seems to show something strange in the water.
“We were surprised by this sighting too,” a Google spokesperson told the Telegraph Travel. “Is it a log, a bird or… the monster?!”
According to The Guardian, Google is not the first to take cameras into the Loch. The Loch Ness Investigation Bureau took two photos in 1972 that seemed to show the presence of two large unidentified animals.
The Loch Ness is the largest fresh body of water in Britain, containing more water than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together. The loch is approximately 22.5 miles long and between one and one and a half miles wide, with a depth of 754 feet. It has a surfaced area of 14,000 acres and holds 263 thousand million cubic feet of water which is approximately 16 million 430 thousand million gallons of water.
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