An Apple Maps satellite image shows a figure that some claim to be the Loch Ness Monster, while others claim it to be a boat.
The long-surviving dinosaur believed by some to inhabit Scotland's Loch Ness has been captured via satellite image and is visible on Apple Maps. At least, that's what members of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club told UK tabloid the Daily Mail.
The Apple Maps image shows what appears to be a 65-foot long catfish in Loch Ness, which some are claiming to be Nessie. While it isn't a popularly held belief that the Loch Ness Monster resembles a catfish in any way, the image clearly shows something monstrous in size and possessing a shape that suggests flippers. The Nessie experts studied the image for six months before concluding that the image is "likely" to portray the monster, even though it also resembles the wake of a boat.
"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."
Well, skeptics at Southern Fried Science believe they know what it is: a boat. After tracking down images showing similar wake patterns and the boats that generated them, SFS argued that the Apple Maps image is nothing but a degraded picture of a boat.