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Loch Ness Monster: Apple Maps Satellite Image Stuns Believers

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 07:35 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Loch Ness Monster believers are buzzing about a satellite image taken at the Scotland lake last year, shown in Apple Maps, which looks like a large creature swimming near its surface.

"It was purely by accident that I came across the image," Loch Ness Monster enthusiast Andy Dixon told the Daily Mail. "I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness."

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"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 added.

People have reported sightings of the Lock Ness Monster, the legendary elusive water-bound creature, since the 1930s in Britain's largest freshwater lake, Loch Ness.

The satellite image appears to be a creature with flippers and a large head.

Campbell commented on the sighting.

"It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing," Campbell told the Daily Mail. "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.

In February, it was reported that there had been no sighting of Nessie for the past 18 months, the longest period since sightings began in 1925, leading some to believe the creature had died.

Apple users started noticing the satellite image last year.

"It was a total fluke that I found it," Andrew Dixon told the Daily Mail. "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."

Loch Ness is some 23 miles long and is as deep as 800 feet in some areas. Stories of the Loch Ness Monster in Scottish history date back to A.D. 500.

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