It’s true—the satellite view on Apple Maps, if you set the location to Loch Ness in Inverness, Scotland, and zoom in, shows a shape that looks unmistakably monsterish—like a gigantic horseshoe crab. If you’re on a Mac you can give it a try yourself here.
The shape does not appear in Google Maps. Monster enthusiast Andy Dixon, who found the image, said: “It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness. I could see something big under the water and I saved it to my phone. My first thought was that it was the monster and I contacted Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club.”
Naturally it was his first thought. What else could it be?
“Experts” sourced by Daily Mail say it’s unlikely to be a boat, as other boats are clearly visible in satellite view. “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,” said Campbell.
Campbell, who clearly does not subscribe to Occam’s razor, has not addressed the possibility of it being some visual warping in the satellite feed. Or an Apple engineer playing a prank, for that matter. Check out the Maps link and let us know what you think.