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Diatribe: Let’s Get Past The Loch Ness Monster Already, Shall We?

04/21/2014

apple_maps_loch_ness_monster_1_jt_140420_16x9_992Every 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.

BoatWakeNessiePopular 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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5 Comments
  1. Every few years stories of Nessie sightings ‘resurface.’
    Pun intended.

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  2. Rick permalink

    I want to believe. It’s fun to think some ancient species could still be around…..of course if there “is” only one, how could it reproduce or be this old??

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  3. I thought Nessie was put to bed a few years ago when the perpetrator of the initial hoax died and confessed? Of course, Americans fabricated the vampire BS so much, that the folks in the old country adopted the scam for tourism reasons, knowing they could attract gullible Americans.

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  4. thedogs'mother permalink

    I do believe in Scottish tourism… 🙂

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  5. I beleive in a thing called Nessie 🙂

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