Scotland: The social media is abuzz ever since two Loch Ness monster hunters claim that they have ‘accidently’ spotted the fabled creature on satellite imagery found on Apple Maps application. The pictures were captured separately by two amateur hunters, Peter Thain and Andy Dixon, as they used an iPhone satellite map app.
Using the images, Nessi enthusiasts claim that the monster is lurking around the Scottish Highlands. Others note the picture resembles the wake of a boat. The image appears to show a large ripple in the water, similar to the wake of a boat. But monster enthusiasts see something else altogether.
The image captured by an Apple satellite is roughly 20 meters in length and resembles the rough outline of something that looks like a flattened fish with a long tail, often the same description used to classify the illusive fish giant in Loch Ness. So-called Loch Ness Monster “experts” claim they held onto the photos for six months speaking with boat “experts” and finally can claim that the shadowy image from the satellite could not be identified as anything else other than Nessie.
"Rubbishing” the claim, Andrew David Thaler, a deep-sea biologist, and Mick West, a debunker and creator of Metabunk.org, have released a point-by-point counter. Thaler, in his blogpost said, “Satellite images aren’t taken in real time. The photographs in question were taken in January, 2005. They came from DigitalGlobe, which means they were either taken by the QuickBird satellite, or purchased from another company… Apple doesn’t have its own imaging satellites. The fact that the image only shows up in Apple Maps, not Google, is due to Apple either using a slightly different image set to stitch together a picture of the loch, or has a less robust algorithm for dealing with artifacts.”
West too has released a set of photographs debunking the theory proposed by Nessie lovers.