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