The Loch Ness Monster may not be dead after all

A few months after decrying a lack of sightings in over a year as a sign of the legendary creature's possible demise, amateur Nessie hunters have spotted what may be the elusive monster. And it's all thanks to Apple Maps. 

Peter Thain and Andy Dixon say they were scanning satellite images of Loch Ness using Apple's oft-maligned map app when they located something large just under the water near the town of Dores. The duo contacted Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club, who initially ran into trouble locating the image, as it only shows up on certain versions of iPad and iPhones.

"'When Andy got in touch at the beginning of the year, we finally managed to locate a device that had the image on it and asked some boating experts to look at it," Campbell told The Daily Mail. "They confirmed that while it looks like a boat wake, it cannot be a boat as there is no hull or superstructure visible. This is confirmed by the fact that there are clear images of other boats in the pictures.

"Whatever 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."

If you want to try and discover the surface anomaly on your own Apple device, load up Maps, type in "Loch Ness Inverness" and zoom in on the northern portion of the lake. Halfway down from the inlet, you'll see the large image mentioned by the hunters above. 

Loch Ness monster on Apple map app
Different view of Loch Ness monster

What do you think? Is this the legendary Loch Ness Monster? Just a ploy by Apple to get more people interested in its Maps app? Or, as deep-sea biologist Andrew David Thaler writes: "It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good debunking-random-monster-sighting post."

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How to find the Loch Ness Monster on your iPhone
Nessie hunters scanning images of the famed Scottish lake claim there's something in the water that can't be explained.