Finding monsters via satellite is apparently a thing (UPDATE: Definitely boat)

For your latest monster facepalm moment we take you virtually to Loch Ness.

Satellite images from space and beamed to iPhone show Monster Nessie on Loch Ness.

Amazing new images taken from space appear to show something swimming below the surface of the world’s most famous loch.

The images were captured by two different amateur hunters scanning different satellites transmitting images of the earth from space – Peter Thain of Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland and Andy Dixon from Darlington, County Durham.

The images were beamed from Apple’s satellite map app and could only be viewed on some ipads and iphones.

Nessie_satellite pic

This quote got me… “What ever it is, it’s just below the surface 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”. That’s the typical we-don’t-know-therefore-paranormal argument from ignorance.

As the article notes, this is not a new picture. It was first noted in December of 2013. And it resembled another picture of a similar shape noted at another location in the loch found on Google maps, discovered a few years ago (and reported in The Sun UK).

"Nessie" from Google maps, flipped horizontally and vertically for comparison

“Nessie” from Google maps, flipped horizontally and vertically for comparison

This blog post compares the two pictures.

The other [older Google] object is a bit more difficult to parse, but the object is perhaps 20 metres long which makes me wonder if it is the bigger Jacobite cruiser boats that head south from the locks near Inverness? If somebody could find one of those larger boats on satellite imagery, that would be helpful. An overlay of the two objects show some similarities and dissimilarities.

The older Google pic was much more reflective and had less resolution. This new picture is said to be some 40m long using the map scale. That is larger than the first blobby picture estimated to be 20m. They do look remarkably similar. However, there is no reason to think it’s a huge mystery creature. I don’t see why it can’t be a boat with a wake. Many people think so. Except those who hold out hope Nessie will resurface. Even if it’s not a boat, there are other possible explanations before we resort to the extreme fringe options. The reasonable consensus is that both of these are boats with photo processing glitches. Happens all the time. Giant lake monster discoveries happen hardly ever…

UPDATE: Yeah, it’s a boat. Get over it.

  19 comments for “Finding monsters via satellite is apparently a thing (UPDATE: Definitely boat)

  1. Jose the Paranormal Skeptic
    April 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I’ve been to Loch Ness. It’s a nice part of the world. There wouldn’t be enough food in the Loch to satisfy a goldfish, let alone an alleged animal the size of the Loch Ness monster.

  2. Paul Robinson
    April 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Hmm, strange it’s absolutely nothing like supposed eye witness testimony or historical descriptions. Sorry but first photo i thought immediately “OMG you b°°°°°°° you killed Kenny!”. Looks terribly like same sort of crappy phone apps for creating “ghosts”.

  3. Jon O
    April 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Pike up to a meter in length live in Loch Ness and Atlantic salmon visit in the Fall. Bigger than most goldfish.

  4. RandyRandy
    April 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    So… the Loch Ness Monster is actually Casper The Friendly Ghost? Or South Park’s Kenny?
    Seems legit.

  5. RandyRandy
    April 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Or maybe a gargantuan trilobite!

  6. Keli
    April 18, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Kind of looks like a boat with wake behind it. Especially in the bottom pic.

  7. Bo Gardiner
    April 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Well, here’s Nessie reliably appearing again in Google Maps’ 2014 imagery: .

    Funny how much she resembles the Loch Ness cruise boat Jacobite Warrior, and its wake. You’d think locals would have said something about the resemblance.

  8. Bo Gardiner
    April 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Website link for the Jacobite Warrior image:

  9. Bo Gardiner
    April 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    My post with comparison photos with the Jacobite Warrior boat that cruises Loch Ness was in moderation, then disappeared… I’ll try it once more:

    Nessie as she appears in Google maps’ 2014 imagery today:

    The Jacobite Warrior cruise boat on Loch Ness:

  10. Chris Howard
    April 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Nessie’s a Jacobite, and a warrior!

    Man, it’s just like my Scottish grandmother, Mimi, used to say:

    “Never trust a mythical lake creature who’s politics, and religion are wonky.”

    So true, Mimi. So true.

  11. jinxe
    April 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Well, they probably could say something, but tourism money. I’d stay mum too.

  12. April 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM
  13. Bo Gardiner
    April 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    We posted that photo of the actual boat here first though, Sharon (see above). Give your site the credit. 🙂

  14. Bo Gardiner
    April 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    The boat photo is actually another in that company’s cruise line, the Jacobite Queen.

  15. justin
    April 20, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    If one looks at high altitude images of larger bodies of water enough, you will see what looks like wakes and shapes created by….. the unknown. Or…. a boat. But more often than people care to admit the cause is wind. The air over water, particularly in lakes where land land is in close proximity, the air tends to behave unpredictably. There are times when you may have a 20knot gust only a couple hundred feet wide that may travel as much as a half mile. But hey, its more exciting for people to believe its a surviving aquatic dinosaur. Just not logical

  16. vinnygi
    April 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    It looks like the U.S.S. Enterprise, circa The Next Generation.

  17. Rocky143
    April 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    An experiment would be possible. It would not be very hard to find out when Loch Ness is going to be imaged by a satellite. If someone wanted, they could have several boats of different sizes to be on the lake at that time and then see the results when the images were available.

  18. Indrid Cole
    April 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Wow! All this time it was a giant sperm terrorizing the residents of Loch Ness.

  19. Indrid Cole
    April 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    BTW if anybody’s interested, there is a really good mystery book called “The Loch” you might like.

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