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Diatribe: Let’s Get Past The Loch Ness Monster Already, Shall We?
Every once in a while someone digs up a yeti, a chupacabra or a werewolf to drum up business. I can’t help but wonder if Apple is behind this latest bit of what seems to be unintentional viral marketing for its Apple Maps product.
Images of what is reportedly the infamous monster of Scotland’s Loch Ness has spawned a spate of copycat sightings since the mythical creature was supposedly captured on Apple Maps by amateur Loch Ness Monster spotters.
Photos of what appears to be a creature roughly 100 feet in length floating under the surface of the North End of Loch Ness, a large freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, has recently gone viral in media reports and online forums. Some are even reporting the sighting as fact! Absurd? I think so … particularly since the strange figure appears only in Apple Maps and is not seen in other mapping applications like Google Maps.
Today, reports are surfacing that the image is probably the wake from a boat that was likely lost from the image through the process of stitching the low resolution satellite images together.
Popular interest and belief in the creature’s existence has come and gone since the possibility of its existence was first brought to the world’s attention in the early 1930s. The scientific community continues to regard the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth and explains any supposed sightings as misidentifications of other objects, outright hoaxes or wishful thinking.
Frankly, I’m more interested in unexplained phenomena that actually exist, like Stonehenge and the Moai of the Easter Islands.
Do you believe in “Nessie”?
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