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More Than 80 Years Later, Google Joins Hunt for Loch Ness Monster

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 09:49 PM

Google is paying tribute to the Loch Ness Monster on the 81st anniversary of the most famous – or infamous – picture ever taken of what many believe to be a massive reptile lurking beneath the surface.

Google has placed cameras on a boat in an effort to create a 360-degree view of the waters of the Loch Ness in Scotland, USA Today reports.

Amateur sleuths at home can now visit the Loch Ness utilizing Google Maps.

In putting the project together, Google joined Adraian Shine, a monster tracker who has reported more than 1,000 sightings of the beast.

On April 21, 1934, a purported picture of the monster was published in the Daily Mail. That picture, known as the "Surgeon's Photograph," was taken by Dr. Kenneth Wilson. A detailed report by the London Telegraph in 1975 exposed the image as a hoax.

That was not the only tall tale associated with the Loch Ness Monster.

The newspaper reported that the 2011 National Geographic documentary entitled "The Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster," was based on a fraud. The picture, which appeared to show the brown back of a submerged monster, was "just a bit of fun," according to George Edwards, a cruise boat operator who admitted responsibility for the hoax.

Edwards admitted that in the documentary, "Nessie" the monster was nothing but a carbon fiber hump.

"Why should I feel guilty for having a bit of fun?" Edwards asked. "These so-called experts come along with their theories about big waves and big fish, and their visitor center, but I'm sick of them."

Theories have abounded over the years as to what the Loch Ness Monster might actually be. Some think it is a large sturgeon, while some imagine the monster to be an ancestor of the plesiosaurs –a carnivorous marine reptile.

After scouring some of the new images supplied by Google, the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that they show something suspicious.

"We were surprised by this sighting too," said a Google representative when the newspaper Telegraph pointed out a strange, lump-like object floating on the surface of the water.

"Is it a log, a bird or... the monster?!"

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Google is paying tribute to the Loch Ness Monster on the 81st anniversary of the most famous – or infamous – picture ever taken of what many believe to be a massive reptile lurking beneath the surface.
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