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Friday, April 18, 2014

Apple Satellite Image of Alleged Loch Ness "Monster" Is A Boat


A satellite high in the atmosphere, accessed using Apple's satellite map app, may have provided proof that the legend lives on - with amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch
The preceding image taken by Apple Map satellites over Loch Ness has been making the rounds recently as possible evidence for the presence of unknown animals in the Scottish body of water. To my eyes, and to those of many others, it appears to be a boat with a bow wave and trailing wakes coming off of it. Skeptical investigator Sharon Hill pointed out that the apparent transparency of the object is most likely due to processing glitches, as happens quite often. Loch Ness investigator Roland Watson has suggested that the object's apparent large size may be accounted for by one of the Jacobite cruisers which head south from the locks near Inverness. As this is most probably not evidence for the existence of Loch Ness mystery animals (the recently alleged lack of sightings of which may simply be due to the animals heading up the River Ness into the ocean), let's pass this unnecessarily hyped image by and get back to serious research.
This enhancement by cryptozoological researcher Sebastian Wang appears to bring out some of the recognizable features of a boat.

6 comments:

  1. Don't skeptics often point out that the River Ness is too shallow to provide a way out to the ocean for a large land-locked animal such as a nessie and vice versa?

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    1. There are records of seals and dolphins having entered and left the Loch from the sea. These animals usually make the trip when the River Ness is flooding. Interestingly, there actually have been reports of unknown animals in the river.

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  2. Also, if nessie is a large air-breathing plesiosaur that travels in and out of the loch, wouldn't that get a lot of attention from people on the shore, on boats, or in planes, and especially from Google Earth?

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    1. Making the assumption for the moment that these animals are plesiosaurs, it is arguable that a medium sized individual could make the trip unseen if it was in the River Ness during the flood season and moved discreetly. But, as I mentioned before, there have been reports of unknown animals swimming in the river.

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  3. You could argue, though, that nessie is some kind of specially evolved turtle with plesiosaur-like anatomy that can breathe without coming to the surface, as some known turtles can.

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    1. Perhaps. Many water-dwelling reptiles tend to be quite discreet when taking a breath at the surface.

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