That Image On Apple Maps Is Not The Loch Ness Monster

Posted: Apr 21 2014, 1:05pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 21 2014, 5:20pm CDT, in Apple


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That Image On Apple Maps Is Not The Loch Ness Monster

Apple Maps may have had trouble getting all of its users’ to their destinations in its early days, but it managed to re-ignite enthusiasm in one of Europe’s longest-running modern legends: The Loch Ness Monster. Nessie enthusiasts from the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club recently spoke with UK tabloid the Daily Mail, pointing the world’s attention at a satellite image of the loch that appears to show a monstrous creature swimming near the surface. The strange figure appears only in Apple Maps and is not seen in other mapping applications like Google Maps. Apple Maps’ satellite images are largely provided by DigitalGlobe.

At first glance, the figure in the image is distinctly fishy in more ways than one. It certainly appears that a massive, 65-foot catfish lurks just below the surface of the loch. The thing is, this doesn’t exactly match-up with the image of the Loch Ness Monster of lore, which reportedly looks something more like a long-necked dinosaur. What the shape on the surface of Loch Ness in that satellite image does resemble, however, is the wake of a small boat; something that even the Nessie Fan Club folks acknowledged upon spotting the figure in Apple Maps.

“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,” Club president Gary Campbell told the Daily Mail. ”We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.”

No names for these “boat experts” are provided, but Southern Fried Science tracked down a few similar images, including the boats that likely created the wake shown within, providing a more likely explanation for the satellite image than an elusive Scottish dinosaur.

@SFriedScientist feel free to use this photo comparison:

— Mick West (@MickWest) April 19, 2014

Here’s a look at how the missing boat in the image — likely lost through the process of stitching the low resolution satellite images together — can be recovered with a little contrast tweaking:

@SFriedScientist and this one (via: )

— Mick West (@MickWest) April 19, 2014

What do you think? Is this boat wake nonsense all part of the Nessie cover up? Or is that fishy image not quite as full of fish as it seems?

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