April 21, 2014
Was The Loch Ness Monster Caught On Satellite?
One of the most famous of all the mysterious creatures in the world is the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie as it has been nicknamed. Countless sightings, faked photos, and other unreliable evidence have kept the thought of Nessie alive in our hearts, but definite evidence of its existence has never been presented.
Skeptics insist there can be no such creature alive in the Loch, but a recent satellite image from Apple Maps has brought up an all new perspective amongst true Nessie believers. The image appears to be a figure of a gigantic form with flippers just under the surface of the water and about 100 feet long.
The image has been studied for about six months and Gary Campbell, the president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, stated, “We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is.” Campbell added, “It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is. Whatever this is, it is under 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.”
Andrew Dixon from Darlington, who spotted the image, said, “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.’”
There were three other reported sightings of Nessie in 2013, but all were debunked as fake. One was a duck, another was a wave and the last wasn’t even from Loch Ness.
The image was discovered by two spotters, Andrew Dixon and Peter Thain. They each sent a separate picture of the image to the Loch Ness fan club, where every reported sighting of the creature since 565 AD has been recorded. The image was then taken to the Scottish Canals, a government unit that manages the Scotland’s waterways.
“The interesting thing is that nobody has been able to explain what it is. It’s pretty large, so it’s not a seal or an otter. It’s also not a whale or basking shark as some people claim, because they wouldn’t go in fresh water,” Campbell said.
Some have claimed it was just a boat’s wake but Campbell says, “when you look at it, it looks like it could be a boat, but on the right-hand side, if you look at the various images taken from Apple Maps, you can see the other boats moored on the shore, which do not look similar at all.”
Campbell has spotted Nessie himself in March 1996 and, when he reported it, he found out that “there was nobody keeping a list of all the sightings and the last logging had been done in 1985,” and “we also realized Nessie didn’t have a fan club.” So he and his wife started the Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, which now has 353 members.
“We really have got a mystery, which is great,” he said. “It keeps us all going here and it’s elicited another couple of sightings, which is great as well because it’s brought [Nessie] back into the forefront of the public imagination.”