April 20, 2014
Loch Ness Monster Allegedly Captured In Apple Maps Satellite Image
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Has Apple Maps succeeded where centuries of monster hunters have failed by delivering the first concrete evidence of the fabled Loch Ness Monster? Members of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club believe so, but other experts are considerably more skeptical, according to media reports published late last week.
At the heart of the controversy, Zachary Davies Boren of The Telegraph explained on Saturday, is a mysterious image taken by the Cupertino, California-based company’s satellites. The image depicts a shadowy 100-foot object which appears to have something resembling a pair of large flippers.
“We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is,” Fan Club president Gary Campbell told Daily Mail reporter David Wilkes. “It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.”
“Whatever this is, it is under the water 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,” he continued, noting that other potential explanations (such as a floating log or a seal causing ripples in the water) do not account for the object’s shape.
According to Time.com’s Sam Frizell, the image that allegedly features the mythical creature was first discovered late last year by a pair of individuals who just happened to be viewing Apple maps on their smartphones. Currently, the map image in question can only be seen on some iPads and iPhones, and is also being transmitted by the Apple satellite map app, he added.
One of those two people, a 26-year-old Darlington County, Durham man named Andrew Dixon, is quoted by The New Zealand Herald as saying, “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. It was exciting.”
The other, 49-year-old accountant Peter Thain of Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, added, “Now that we have spies in the skies above Loch Ness, maybe we will get more sightings which will whet the appetite of more down to earth Nessie hunters to come north. Furthermore, the use of satellite technology means that if Nessie is just swimming below the surface like in this case, we can still pick her up.”
Image Below (LEFT): A Google Maps image purportedly shows evidence of Loch Ness Monster. Credit: Google Maps
Image Below (RIGHT): An Apple Maps image purportedly shows evidence of Loch Ness Monster. Credit: iOS 7 Maps