An Apple Maps Satellite Image Shows Either the Loch Ness Monster or a Smudge

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April 21 2014 12:25 PM

An Apple Maps Satellite Image Shows Either the Loch Ness Monster or a Smudge

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By boat standards the smudge looks an awful lot like a plesiosaur.

Screencap from Apple Maps.

If it's on Apple Maps, it must be real. Nessie enthusiasts found the smudge above in one of Apple Map's satellite photos of Loch Ness a few months ago, and now reported sightings are on the rise. The smear appears to be about 100 feet long and is located at the north end of the fresh water loch.

Two people, Andrew Dixon and Peter Thain, separately spotted the plesiosaur-like mass and submitted their findings to the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club at the end of last year. Since then, Glen Campbell, the head of the fan club, has been studying the image and trying to verify it. He says he contacted the government group in charge of overseeing Scottish waterways, but they told him they didn't know what the object was. Suspicious.

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"The interesting thing is that nobody has been able to explain what it is," Campbell told ABC News. "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 says he saw the Loch Ness monster in March 1996. But when he went to tell people about the incident, he found that there was no one keeping active records of sightings. Now he runs the fan club which collects current sightings, but has also collected a compendium of sightings dating back to 565 A.D.

"We really have got a mystery, which is great," Campbell says. But really this is the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster and the mystery of weird stuff showing up on Apple Maps rolled into one.

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